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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Students, parents dive into school with last summer swim

Students, parents dive into school with last summer swim

By Courtney Marco, Harker Heights Evening Star

Even with the school year closing in, the summer heat is only increasing, despite a brief respite on Thursday. That is why more than 100 Harker Heights families came together at the Carl Levin Park Pool last Friday to cool off from the blazing hot sun on the last Family Dive-In of the summer.

From 7:30 to 10 p.m., adults and kids alike cooled off to the sound of Big Hero 6 playing on the big screen.

“This has affected residents of the community by providing another option of something fun to do with the family besides sitting at home,” Sarah Mylcraine, activities specialist, said, “The purpose is to provide a fun-filled evening for the whole family with snacks, swimming and a movie.”

The idea of a Family Dive-In, co-sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Stewart C. Meyer HH Public Library, was created nine years ago. Family Dive-Ins are open to everyone in the family and while they watch a movie on the big screen and swim, they can also enjoy free snacks and drinks.

“The first dive-ins were in 2006,” Mylcraine said, “We decided to start them because we recognized a need in the community and wanted to fulfill it since we have the resources.”

While the swimmers could stay in the pool and watch the movie, the pool faculty set up a pseudo pavilion which was filled with chairs.  People could also bring their own snacks and coolers with drinks if they wanted something else from the provided snacks, as long as there were no glass containers or alcohol. Entry fees are the usual, ranging from $2 to $5.

This whole summer the pool has been hosting dive-ins, kicking it off with a Teen Dive-In on June 12. Then it started its Family Dive-Ins with Aloha, Scooby-Doo! on Friday, June 26. Following with Back to the Future Part II on Saturday, July 11 and lastly with Big Hero 6.

“We try to have movies that go along with our themes of the summer,” Mylcraine said, “For example, Back to the Future 2 was played because the theme for National Park & Rec Month was 80s. This movie came out in the 80’s and the ‘future’ was now…2015. We played Big Hero 6 to go along with the Library’s summer reading program of superheroes. The movie picks also have to fall in the Disney dates…we can only play a Disney movie on the dates that the movie company sends us to prevent any legal issues.”

Because the pool is such a hot spot for people in the summer, the faculty had to limit the movie to the first 150 people in order for them to enjoy the movie comfortably.

“The movie was limited to the first 150 people because we want to focus on quality of the program, not quantity,” Mylcraine said, “The gates would’ve been closed if we reached this amount. We want to make the movies a good experience for everyone and therefore want to provide the best we can. It is hard to do that with an overwhelming amount of people.”

The pool is open 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm on Tuesday to Friday and 11:00 am – 7:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times upon entering the pool facility. From August 18 to August 30 the pool will be open on weekends only. The pool schedule is changing because of the upcoming school year and “staff availability” Mylcraine said.

For more information on summer activities, go to www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/index.php/programs-a-events/special-events.

For more information on the Carl Levin outdoor pool, visit http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/index.php/programs-a-events/special-events or call 254-953-5657.

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