As temperatures warm in preparation for summer, the season will bring with it the enjoyment of swimming and water-park fun.

On Saturday, May 27 the Lions Park Aquatic Center will officially open. Swimmers will be able to join in on the fun between 1-8 p.m. on that day.

Historically, the pool has opened during the Memorial Day Weekend, which allows many to enjoy the water since school is out and several may enjoy a three day weekend.

“The Boonville Aquatic Center is the best place to beat the summer heat! The center is a favorite summer hotspot for locals and visitors alike,” Boonville Tourism’s Jade Danner stated. “Visitors to our town love our pool as it not only offers  beautiful areas to soak up some rays, but also offers a fun way to keep in shape during vacation. The Boonville Aquatic Center offers  a zero entry children’s play area, two serpentine tube slides, spray ground area, six lane 25 M lap pool, therapy bench, shaded areas, a full service concession stand and of course bathrooms with lockers.”

As stated earlier, season passes have raised in cost.

Prices to the Lion’s Park Aquatic Center may rise a little for a season pass from $180 to $200.

Boonville Parks Director Gary Nauman reported to the Boonville Park’s Board earlier this year that 105 family season passes were sold in 2016 for a total of $18,900.

“By raising the rate to $200, we would make an additional $2,100 or $21,000,” Nauman stated.

Nauman also reported that the day pass rates of $4.25 for adults are higher than any other area Aquatic Center.

“Columbia and Sedalia charge $4 for adult day passes while Marshall and Mexico charge $3. While we have a larger and better facility than those communities there was concern about raising day pass rates and pricing ourselves out of the market,” Nauman stated earlier.

In all, the only rates changing will be the season pass.

The aquatic center will be open through much of the summer.