The last step to summer was completed with the City of Yakima making it easier for pool enthusiasts to get to and from the local bodies of water safely.

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Starting June 10th, anyone who wants to swim at the Lions Pool, Franklin Pool, or the YMCA Rotary Aquatic Center can obtain a Yakima Transit bus pass. The pass will allow swimmers transportation to and from the pools.

According to a City of Yakima press release:

Starting Thursday, June 10th and continuing through August 21st, paying to swim in one of Yakima’s two City-owned pools or the YMCA Rotary Aquatic Center entitles the purchaser to a special Yakima Transit bus pass at no cost to and from the pools.

Masks will be required for Yakima Transit drivers and passengers.

For hours of pool operation and a listing of classes, visit Yakima Parks and Recreation.

As a child growing up in Minnesota, one of my fondest memories is swimming at the local high school. It was a large indoor pool with access to an outside patio.

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You could buy a bag of popcorn and a pop for $.50. It was $.75 to swim all day long.

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A lack of transportation often prevents kids and adults from being able to swim as much as they would like during the summer months.  “This helps solve that problem,” says Yakima Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “We are very excited about the opportunity to increase the number of people utilizing our pools.”

Schedules of bus routes can be found here.

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