City pools will extend summer run. Hallelujah.

Yes, our municipally owned pools are free â?? when they're open, which is 1-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, June 6 through ... August 9?!

The Current was so upset about this state of affairs that it asked video correspondent Jeff Turner to make a dry-doc `use the scroll tool at the bottom to find “SA Pools: Patiently waiting”`. The City it seems heard the pleas of its citizenry and announced this week that COSA's outdoor pools will remain open until August 16. Another nine â?? Dellview, Lady Bird Johnson, Lincoln, Normoyle, Roosevelt, Southside Lions, Springtime, Westwood Village, and Woodlawn â?? will stay open through August 23. Once those cease weekday operation, you can swim at the four regional pools â?? Dellview, Roosevelt, Southside Lyons, and Woodlawn â?? weekends through Labor Day. And, yes, all still free! You'll find a complete pool list and a handy map here.

The estimated cost to the City for the extra cool pool time: $114,000, which Parks & Rec Director Xavier Urrutia says will come from savings in his department's budget. The relief? That's right: priceless.

But why not a full swimming season, like Austin? Free pools are nice, but the QueQue would happily pay a couple of bucks during the “fall” and “winter” for access to some outdoor aquatic recreation. Urrutia says that most of their lifeguards are high-school and college students, and once the fall semesters get underway (August 24 for many local schools), staffing becomes an issue.

* This blog post was corrected. It originally stated that the City's outdoor pools are open 1-7pm Tuesday-Friday, but they are, as a commenter pointed out, open on Saturday and Sunday, too.

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