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Phillips

City offers variety of summer activities

By Michael Butler

It's time for summer fun. With school out, the Tallassee Recreation Department has filled its calendar with opportunities for kids and their families.

Traditionally, the city pool opens for summer in June and July. That continues in 2024 with several programs scheduled at the East Tallassee facility. That includes swimming lessons, open swim and aquatic exercise programs.

"Day one went about as good as expected. Hopefully, it'll build after that," Tallassee Parks and Recreation Director Eric Phillips said of opening day at the pool. "Lessons were full. We have two sessions. Both hold 12 kids apiece."

Swim lessons will continue throughout the summer. In addition, open swim is from 1-5 p.m. weekdays and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Use of the pool does not require an admission fee if you have a recreation department membership. Otherwise, passes are $50 for single adults, $35 for kids and $90 for families.

"This Thursday we start water aerobics at the pool from 5-5:45," Phillips noted. There are more fitness programs also offered at the rec center. "We have the aerobic room, the new gym equipment in the weight room, cardio classes and line dancing."

A couple of events have been scheduled for June to be coordinated by the Tallassee Recreation Department.

On June 15, a hunter safety education and kids fishing event will be held at the Tallassee Riverwalk. It is free to participate.

"It's from 9-12," Phillips added. "We've got several game wardens coming in. They're going to bring their practice targets, BB guns and pellet guns. Also, we're going to do a lot of fishing. Professional fisherman Eric Cagle will be there with his boat. Tallassee Fishing will be there with their boat."

Prizes will be awarded including awards for the biggest fish and most fish caught.

"We're going to teach the kids the basics of fundamental fishing. Once they get hooked, some of them will be fishermen forever."

Parking will be available at the football stadium and guest house with transportation provided down to the riverwalk. Louie's Sno-Cones will also be on site.

On June 29, the rec center will open its doors for roller skating. This will be another free event.

"We're going to give it a shot," said Phillips. "Bring your own skates. We're going to have some skates for people to use. We'll have light refreshments, music playing and hopefully strobe lights. If it goes well, it's something we can continue to do monthly or quarterly. We're testing the waters."

For more information on upcoming events or memberships, contact the Tallassee Recreation Department at 334-283-4726.