Aquatic Center in Cumming shifts gears for fall

Outdoor water pool gears for busy weekends

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CUMMING, Ga. — With school back in session, the outdoor leisure pool at the Aquatic Center closes its doors during the week, but the weekends are still fair game for fun until Labor Day.

Wednesday Aug. 7 was the last full weekday the Cumming Aquatic Center, 201 Aquatic Circle, operated its outdoor water park. The indoor pool hours are still the same.

Local families were able to enjoy the lazy river and water slide throughout the summer.

New this year, the Aquatic Center built a ticket booth and concession stand to better accommodate the flow of traffic and hungry bellies.

“The concession stand has been a great addition because you don’t have to worry about bringing anything,” said Barbara Badcock, an Aquatic Center supervisor. “Anything you would want at a park, we have.”

Badcock said hotdogs, pizza and Lenny’s Sub Shop sandwiches are among the variety of options.

In previous years, attendees brought coolers packed with food and drinks, but with the concession stand, outside food items are no longer allowed.

“People were a little resistant to it at first because last summer they were able to bring in coolers and what not,” Badcock said. “But, it is way more convenient, and it is very reasonably priced.”

The facility still allows parties that rent out the cabanas for $50 a session to bring in their own food, but Badcock said the concession stand can carter to the party as well.

Facility Manager Carla Wilson said overall attendance has dropped this summer, mainly because of the rain.

“Our attendance is pretty dependent on weather,” Wilson said. “We have had more closures because this has been the worst summer weather-wise.”

Wilson said the aquatic center still has 300 to 400 people a session on a nice sunny day.

People have been taking advantage of the birthday party rooms and swimming lessons offered indoors to keep the center running at full speed, Wilson said.