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Everybody into the water – summer hours for community pools

School’s out for summer. Now what?

Everybody into the pool.

Some communities already have opened their pools for the season. Most others will follow suit this weekend or early next week.

There are plenty of places to take a cool dip across Buffalo-Niagara and you can get all the details at

Here’s a taste:

• In Amherst, summer hours begin Saturday for the outdoor pool at Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Road, and Monday at North Forest Park & Pool, 85 N. Forest Road.

• Aurora Community Pool, 690 South St., East Aurora, which opened June 14, begins its summer schedule Monday.

• Buffalo’s two year-round indoor pools – Cazenovia, 626 Abbott Road, which also has a splash pad, and Lovejoy, 1171 E. Lovejoy St. – switch to their summer schedules next Tuesday, when the balance of the city’s outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads open for the season. Pools with splash pads are: Allison, 50 Rees St.; Centennial, 5 Porter Ave.; Houghton, 36 Spann St.; Kensington, 665 Kensington Ave.; and Masten, 224 Best St. There are wading pools at Crowley,Tonawanda and Crowley streets; and Martin Luther King Park, 175 Best St. Other pools include JFK, 114 Hickory St.; Riverside, 2505 Niagara St.; and Shoshone, 467 Beard Ave. Additional splash pad sites include Lanigan, on Fulton Street, west of Louisiana; Lincoln, at the foot of Quincy Street; Roosevelt Park, at the eastern end of Roosevelt Avenue; and Schiller Park, near Sprenger Avenue.

• Cheektowaga’s Town Park Pool, off Harlem Road, opened last weekend to coincide with a firefighters event in the park. Dingens Pool, 701 Dingens St., and Maryvale Pool, 735 Maryvale Drive, open Saturday afternoon. All three will be on their summer schedules Monday.

• Clarence Town Pool, which opened June 14, is now on its regular summer schedule.

• Depew pools, in Fireman’s Park, Erie Street and Gould Avenue, opened last weekend.

• Eden Town Pool, on Legion Drive, opens Monday.

• In Evans, the John K. Thompson Pool in South Creek Park, 1525 South Creek Road, opens Saturday.

• Hamburg Swim Center, 80 Torry Drive, opened its heated outdoor pool and wading pool with spray features June 7 and began its extended weekday hours last weekend.

• Lancaster pools open Saturday. They include: Keysa Town Pool and Wading Pool, at Brady and Vandenberg avenues; and Meadow Lea Wading Pool, near Broezel and Ronald avenues.

• Lockport Community Pool, in Outwater Memorial Park, opens Monday.

• Pools in Niagara Falls open Monday. They are: Hyde Park Pool - behind John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd.; Hyde Park Spray Park, at Pine Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard; 91st Street Pool, 91st Street and Frontier Avenue; and Center Court Pool, Center Avenue and 15th Street.

• North Tonawanda’s Memorial Pool and the adjacent Raindrop Spray Pool, 848 Payne Ave., open Friday.

• The City of Tonawanda’s Kohler Pool, 277 Kohler St., opens Monday.

• Outdoor pools in the Town of Tonawanda open Thursday. They are: Brighton big pool and wading pool, 251 Brompton Road; Kenmore, 401 Mang Ave.; Lincoln big pool and wading pool, 1200 Parker Blvd.; and Mang Wading Pool, 425 Mang Ave. Already open is Sheridan Parkside Spray Park, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive.

• West Seneca’s Bi-Centennial Pool and Spray Pool, in Veteran’s Memorial Park behind Town Hall at 1250 Union Road, open Wednesday.

• Williamsville’s two wading pools opened last week. They’re at Garrison Park, bordered by Garrison Road, South Ellicott Street and Park Drive; and Island Park, behind Town Hall on Main Street.

Since many communities charge fees for residents and guests, and offer swimming-related lessons and fitness programs as well as general swimming hours, a telephone call or website visit to the appropriate recreation department is as essential as flip-flops and sunscreen.