As the final hours of summer vacation ticked away Saturday, families hit the pools or the parks in Rock Hill for one last hurrah before the new school year starts this coming week.
Taking a final spash at Rock Hill’s Oakwood Acres pool were Rita Stuver, her husband, and their grandchildren.
“We just decided to enjoy the last part of summer with the grandkids,” she said. “We always go to this pool.”
Saturday was bittersweet for James Chavis and his son Levi, who took their first and last dip of the summer at Oakwood Acres.
“We’ve been in Rock Hill two years and didn’t know there was a swimming place,” he said. “We found this on the last day of the season. It’s been awesome.”
Jen Mullis, of U.S. Aquatics, supervises the lifeguards and other staff members of Rock Hill’s pools. She said they’ve had a great season. Oakwood Acres typically sees more swimmers than the other pools – between 50 and 60 per day at the beginning of the season but tapering off as the summer goes on.
“They were all on point, watching the water and friendly with the patrons,” Mullis said of the 20 or so guards manning the city’s pools. “We’ve had no incidents and no complaints.”
Screams and laughter could also be heard at nearby Cherry Park.
“We just wanted to come out to the playground,” Travis White said while pushing his daughter Kiyarra on the swing. “I come out here to walk sometimes for exercise and I noticed the park out here.”
Gwen Norris sat on a bench in the shade as her children climbed around on the playground, which they’ve visited frequently this summer.
“They love the park,” she said. “They love the playground and interacting with other people, and maybe seeing some of their friends from school.”
Seeing friends from school becomes easier this coming week as school starts.
Classes in Clover and Fort Mill resume Monday, followed by Rock Hill on Tuesday and York on Wednesday.