The upcoming Labor Day holiday signals the end of the pool season in Sedalia, but Liberty Pool will be open for one more day, specifically for the furrier residents of Sedalia.
The annual Doggie Dive will take place Tuesday evening at Liberty Pool, and it tends to be a popular way to end the summer pool season.
“It’s an opportunity for you to bring your dog to come and have a good time swimming,” said Recreation Superintendent Kari Tyler. “The dogs get a chance to swim outside instead of being stuck at home in the heat. It’s a good time for them to come and cool off.”
Each year during Doggie Dive the pool is filled with dogs big and small, with some just sitting and enjoying the cool water while others are a little more adventurous and try out the diving board.
“It’s a great change of pace,” Tyler said. “The dogs love it, they get to go free reign within the pool. Some go off the diving board, and that’s different because other agencies don’t allow that but we do allow it. You can come in and interact with and socialize your dog because so many (dogs and people) come out.”
Centennial Pool already closed for the season earlier this month, and Doggie Dive was hosted there as well Aug. 6 to help close out the season.
“There were 76 dogs in participation, and probably 125 humans who came to participate,” Tyler said. “It was right before the fair started so we were so excited to see that many people. The event has grown year after year. That’s always good to have a good note ending the pool season. It’s one of my favorite events.”
With the slightly cooler weather this year, Tyler said there were some low attendance days throughout the summer at both Centennial and Liberty pools, but overall attendance has been good.
“We’ve had some dicey days where it was chilly so we had low attendance and at end of the season it’s crazy with school starting and the fair, but even with low attendance it’s been a pretty good summer,” she said. “The few hot days we’ve had we had high attendance.”
Liberty Pool will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, the normal pool hours, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday.
Doggie Dive is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $3 per dog, and all humans get in free. For more information, call the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department at 826-4930.