Lester Prairie public pool: jump on in

Where do people in Lester Prairie go on hot summer days?

Many of them travel to the Lester Prairie public pool, located in Lester Prairie City Park on the south side of Second Avenue South near Pine Street South.

The large pool features a water slide, a diving board, kiddie pool, and waterworks.

The pool is also a great place to learn how to swim, with Red Cross swimming lessons offered in June and July. Children who’d like to participate in lessons must be at least 5 years old and have completed kindergarten. Registration for sessions should be made early, because classes fill up quickly. For more information about registration, call Lester Prairie City Hall at (320) 395-2646.

The pool’s future is financially secure, thanks to a final endowment of $200,000 from the late Art Schwichtenberg. The swimming experience at Lester Prairie includes clean, renovated shower facilities, a concession stand, lifeguards, and a large nearby park.

During off hours, the pool can be rented out for private events, such as birthday parties or family get-togethers. The hourly cost includes two lifeguards. The pool opens in June as soon as school lets out, and closes for the year in late August.