Packed Gainesville City Pool
School is out but the summer heat is in session so many people are looking for relief at the pool.
Some Gainesville parents and children have had to wait more than half an hour to get into one public city pool.
Meanwhile there's no waiting at another city pool.
Since school is out, most kids are making a splash at Gainesville city pools.
"It's a great pool, the staff is really nice and you can't beat the price," said Jarilyn Puze.
Puze and her 9- year-old granddaughter spend most week days at the H. Spurgeon Cherry pool also known as the Westside pool.
Out of the three public city pools, the Westside pool seems to be a magnet for the community.
"Right now we seem to be experiencing a large volume of folks coming to the Westside park," said Bob Woods with the city of Gainesville.
Woods said the heavy traffic happens during specific hours of the day.
"The peak hours for the pool seem to be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and some folks can wait as long as an hour to get in during the peak time," said Woods.
Kelly Cole brought her five- year- old to the Westside pool at about 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, but other summer camp groups had arrived at the very same time.
"We waited outside before because we didn't want wait in line," said Cole.
Over the last week 800-900 people have visited the Westside pool, compared to about 600-700 people who went to the Northeast side pool.
Woods said the size of the pool is one reason there is a wait at Westside.
"It's a combination of factors. Certainly there are a lot of youth on that community that are availing themselves to the pool. In addition to that it is a slightly smaller pool in terms of it's capacity and so it gets filled up quicker," said Woods.
The Westside pool has a capacity of 330 people and the Northeast side pool can hold 440.
If you want to avoid the traffic you should go at 12 p.m. when the pool opens or after 4 p.m.
Your other choice is taking a 15 minute drive down to the Dwight H.Hunter Northeast pool, which often doesn't reach capacity.
"We've never had to wait in line here. We just come right in. Today is a little crowded but usually it's not crowded at all," said Taylor Oxarart.
The city of Gainesville is working opening the public pools at 10 a.m. instead of 12 p.m., as a way to alleviate the waiting time.
This won't cost the city any additiional money because lifeguards and staff are already at the pools for private activities.
right now the city hopes to make the change by July 1,2013, but that date is tentative.
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