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Splashing fun at reopening of Highland Family Aquatic Center in Largo

It was a splashing good time over the weekend at the Highland Family Aquatic Center.

The mini-waterpark's two-day pre-summer opening celebration attracted 434 people.

"And that includes 61 moms who got in free in honor of Mother's Day Sunday,'' said Mark Abdo, the city of Largo's aquatics director.

The facility, which closed out last year with its Soggy Doggy Splash Party in October, has re-opened under pre-summer hours, Saturday and Sunday only. Once school is out, the family aquatic center — complete with a 214-foot corkscrew water slide, a three-story speed slide, a wading area, two pools and an assortment of sprinklers and sprayers — will operate seven days a week.

"My crazy time of year starts now,'' Abdo said.

And he should know. Last year, about 50,000 people visited the aquatic center.

This year's special events will include Itty Bitty Pool Time for toddlers, Tidalwave Tuesdays for teens, Spash's Treasure Hunt (on July 24), and a new program, Tasty Wednesdays. Every week for 10 weeks, local restaurants will bring in treats for guests.

Abdo also is gearing up for summer projects at Largo's Southwest Pool. At the facility on Vonn Road, the aquatic department will help with the Sea, Sand and Synchro: A Synchronized Swimming Spectacular on Saturday, oversee the Under and Over Camp, a snorkeling and kayaking program in June, as well as the Flick'N'Float Family Movie Nights on Fridays in June and July.

"I think the success of our department is because we are family oriented,'' he said. "We're all about making memories, and I believe we do that,''

Piper Castillo can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4163.

If you go

What: Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave NE, Largo.

Hours: From May 15 to June 13 and Aug. 21 to Oct. 10, open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday. From June 14 to Aug. 20, summer hours will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sunday.

Prices: $5 with Largo resident recreation card, $6 with a non-resident recreation card, $8 for guests with no card.

Admission is free for age 2 and younger.

A special family rate for up to five people is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Prices are $12 with Largo resident recreation card, $18 with Largo non-resident recreation card, $23 guests with no card.

For more

information:

Visit www.

largopools.com.

Splashing fun at reopening of Highland Family Aquatic Center in Largo 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 6:30pm]
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