(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia, MO - As summer approaches, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has announced the opening of three outdoor pools for the season. The Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center, located at 1900 Blue Ridge Road, will open its doors on May 25th. The pool will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Wednesdays, and from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

On May 28th, two more pools will join in on the summer fun. Lake of the Woods Pool, situated at 6700 St. Charles Road, will be open on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Douglass Family Aquatic Center at 400 N. Providence Road will also open its doors on May 28th with hours of operation from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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However, these schedules are subject to change depending on staff availability. To stay updated with any changes in schedule, residents can visit

In addition to regular pool hours, all three outdoor pools will also offer various water fitness classes, swim lessons and lap swimming opportunities due to the temporary closure of the Water Zone at the Activity & Recreation Center (ARC). The ARC Water Zone is set to close from May 28th until September 1st for maintenance improvements including replacement of the water play structure and aggregate flooring.

While waiting for the ARC Water Zone to reopen on September 3rd, residents can still enjoy swimming at Stephens Lake's beach or cooling off at spraygrounds located at Stephens Lake Park, Flat Branch Park and Douglass Park which opened earlier on May 1st and will remain open until September 30th.

For more information on pool schedules and activities, residents can contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 573.874.7460.

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