Passes for Urbana pool, which is on time and on budget, go on sale

URBANA — Discounted season passes to Urbana's new family aquatic center go on sale Monday at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

The $9.1 million center, which is being built on the same site as past Crystal Lake Park pools in north Urbana, is on schedule and on budget, park district Executive Director Vicki Mayes said Friday. It is to be open in early June.

"It has been a good construction winter," she said. "Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed for a somewhat dry spring, and we'll be good."

Individual passes are $90 for an Urbana Park District resident, $135 for a non-resident. Senior passes (65 and older) are $70 for a resident and $105 for a non-resident. Family passes (families of two or three people) are $175 for residents and $262 for non-residents. A family of four is $205 for residents and $307 for non-residents. A family of five is $235 for residents and $352 for non-residents. Additional family members are $30 for residents and $45 for non-residents.

An early-bird discount, which will be available between April 1 and April 30, takes $10 per person off the regular price for up to three people, and $5 off per person after that.

Pass holders also will be able to enter the pool complex 30 minutes before the general public on weekdays. Regular hours will be 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

There also are combination passes available for both the outdoor and the indoor Urbana Park District pools. They include separate rates for Urbana residents, Champaign residents and non-residents.

Daily admission fees for the pool will be $6 for Urbana residents and $9 for non-residents, with children 3 and under free. Admission after 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays will be $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents.

Call 367-1544 for more information on the cost of passes, or consult the park district website at http://www.urbanaparks.org/outdoorpool. Residents also can follow the progress on Twitter @CrystalLakeFAC or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CLPFAC.

The Crystal Lake Park aquatic center will include three pools: a lap and water exercise pool, a deep water pool with a 1-meter diving board and climbing wall, and a recreation pool that will have a treehouse-themed play structure with a dump bucket. There also will be a vortex, an area of swirling water good for resistance walking or relaxing on a pool noodle, a sand play area for young children, three water slides and a streambed feature that will feel like playing in a creek.

Outside of the pool, but on the complex grounds, will be a water spray feature for children.

"The next days are going to be the real critical time. It depends how much dry weather we have," Mayes said. "It still looks on schedule for early June."

The exterior of the filter room is complete, as is the pool's bathhouse.

"The competition pool is poured, the plunge pool is poured, the walls of the leisure pool are poured and they're starting to frame up the stairs and the ramps and the decking," Mayes said.

Resurfacing of the old pool parking lot will be among the last parts of the project completed, she said.

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tmcdaniel wrote on June 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I remember reading this in April and getting my pass.  I wanted to bring my money back to Urbana and my children still don't get to swim.  Memorial Day----4 Of July big difference.  I wish the Park district would give something to the people that were true to our park district.  I brought a pass in Champaign for the years we did not have an outdoor pool and I came right back this summer and my kids are still not swimming in Urbana while others that stayed in Champaign our swimming. The Park District doesn't seem to be that worried about those of us that have already spent our money