Summer may be over but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day at the pool. The opening ceremony for Midco Aquatic Center was on Wednesday and Thursday morning, thirty degree low temperatures didn't stop a crowd from breaking in the pools on the first day it was open to the public.
Low temperatures in the thirties didn't stop a crowd from forming before 5:30am Thursday morning at Spellerberg Park.
"Good morning, welcome. Good morning everybody," Mayor Mike Huether said welcoming in around a dozen of people and they were all there, ready to break in the new lap and recreational pools
"It's very exciting, it has been very long awaited and we have really needed this type of thing in our community so it's just really exciting that we have it," says Paula Pardy of Sioux Falls who, along with others, were doing laps.
Mayor Mike Huether who inaugurated the facility with a pencil dive even offering some advice like how to have the perfect form for those thinking of hitting the boards themselves
"What's the key to having a good form?"
"The biggest dip is just jump in, have some confidence and enjoy the water," Huether said, saying that the Midco Aquatic Center has been 60 years in the making and is one of the, if not the, grandest indoor pool facility in the area.
And with no wind, warm air and zero bugs it's always a perfect day at the pool.
"Little kids that, maybe, aren't that comfortable in water they have somewhere to go and they feel comfortable and have fun," explained Parks Manger for Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Alicia Luther. "And then you have people who want to swim laps, who are used to this kind of water or want to go off the boards... everybody has something to do here which is so much fun."
Day passes for those two and under are free, while it costs $3 for those ages 2 - 17 and $4 for those 18 - 54. An annual pass for a family will cost $250, $150 for an adult 18 - 54.
The Midco Aquatic Center is open every day from 5:30am to 8pm, Saturdays from 7am to 6pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm. You can find out more information on rates and even employment by clicking here.