Leisure facility to open earlier, longer on weekends

Swimmers and gym buffs will soon have one less reason not to take a splash or go for a workout at the Houston leisure facility now that staff are improving the facility schedule.

Swimmers and gym buffs will soon have one less reason not to take a splash or go for a workout at the Houston leisure facility now that staff are improving the facility schedule.

The pool is currently closed for regular maintenance.

But on Oct. 17 , the reopened pool will be open longer on weekends, and at times that are a better fit for out-of-town swimmers.

The facility will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday.

On Fridays, it will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday it will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Speaking at a recent council meeting, Curtis McPhee, the Houston director of leisure services, said the changes reflect what staff saw in visitor surveys.

Few swimmers have been using the pool for the last hour on Monday to Thursday nights, he said.

On the other hand, a large number of out-of-town swimmers have been coming in on weekends, he said. Gym users have also repeatedly said they would prefer to get an earlier start earlier start on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Besides improving the regular schedule, staff at the leisure staff are also trying to better accommodate hockey players who come in for tournaments.

As a pilot project, the Houston pool will stay open late on Nov. 19 and Nov. 26 for two minor hockey tournaments. The pool will stay open long enough for hockey players to get a swim in after their final games.