Missoula Parks and Recreation will open Splash Montana, weather permitting on Saturday, May 24.

Aquatics Manager Eric Seagrave said Splash Montana is much more than just a swimming pool.

"Really, it's a hybrid," Seagrave said. "It's got the feel of a community pool, but it also has the features and the fun of a mid-sized water park. We have three, three-story water slides, lazy river, a 50-meter Olympic sized lap pool, a pond with logs to cross over with spray features, and a shower of warm water for the little ones."

In addition to the regular features, Seagrave said they're adding something new in June.

"Coming in June, we'll be having our concessions grill," Seagrave said. "Normally, we have our concessions like pizza, snacks and drinks at our Crazy Creek Cafe, but, this summer, we'll be expanding, with what we'll be calling our Fireline Grill, where we'll be able to serve burgers, fish and chips, french fries and a lot of other grill-type food."

Splash Montana also offers Learn to Swim classes for ages 6 months to 14 years, beginning June 16.  Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park will continue to offer swim lessons for infants, toddlers, youth and adults and adult fitness classes (with evening and weekend options), plus recreational swim and lap swim.

Admission at Splash Montana is $3.75 for youth 11 and under, $4.25 for ages 12 to 17 and seniors ages 58 and up and $6 for adults.  City residents may purchase a Resident Discount Card to qualify for a 20 percent discount on admission.  Annual and seasonal passes and punch cards offer additional savings between 25 and 55 percent. Share The Fun Youth Recreation Grants are available for families who need financial assistance.

For more information, visit www.missoulaparks.org or phone 721-7275.

Aquatics Manager Eric Seagrave