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Last splash of summer
Children and adults will be doing some of their final laps and cannonballs this summer in public swimming pools in Glynn County today.

Howard Coffin and Selden Park pools in Brunswick will close their gates for the season after Labor Day. The Neptune Park Fun Zone pool on St. Simons Island will wind up daily operation today, but will remain open a few more weekends. Summer Waves water park on Jekyll Island is open today, but will go to a weekends-only schedule through Sept. 21 (with the exception of being closed Sept. 15).

Wesley Davis, director of Glynn County Recreation and Parks Department, says this summer has been excellent in terms of the number of swimmers at county pools.

"At Howard Coffin, we exceeded what we'd anticipated, but Selden was a little slower. That's partly due to construction and the fact it was closed last year," he said. "It'll take a little while to earn business back, but, really, when one pool had lower numbers, another went up."

The Howard Coffin Park pool, 1410 Lanier Blvd., Brunswick, will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. today and the Selden Park pool, 3327 Newcastle St., Brunswick, will be open from 1 to 5:30 p.m. today.

Davis is anticipating that the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool, 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, will remain open through weekends in September, barring any difficulty with having enough lifeguards on hand.

"Our intentions are to have it open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays," he said.

On Jekyll Island, Summer Waves, 210 South Riverview Drive, has also had a great turnout despite less-than-blistering temperatures, managers said.

"The hotter temps always help us out, but we still had great weather and we are up over last year, in both attendance and revenues," said Debbie Minick, revenue director at the park.

The water park will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, but will be open on the weekends only through Sept. 21, when it will close for the season. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Beachgoers on St. Simons Island will need to be a bit more cautious after today. County lifeguards will end their watches at 4 p.m. and won't be back until Memorial Day.

Annette Mallard, beach supervisor for county lifeguards, has some cautions for people still getting in the water.

"Always pay attention to the current and which direction it's moving, especially if you go out on the sandbars," she said.

"Even if you've got a whole lot of beach before the tide comes in, you still need to give yourself extra time to get off the sandbar and cross. Either walk down the beach or down the sandbar, whichever direction is needed, to swim with the current."

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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