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Public pools to close on Labor Day as fall recreation programs gear up

Fayetteville-Cumberland splash pads to remain open through September


Labor Day is the last day of the year to take a swim in public pools across Cumberland County.

The good news: You’ve got another month to cool off in one of the local splash pads.

Public pools will close for the season Monday, according to Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation. The 12 public splash pads will remain open through Sept. 30.

Some local high school swim teams will use the pools for practice and competition this fall, according to a news release.

The recreation department will soon begin the transition to fall sports programs. They include softball, volleyball and flag football for adults and football, volleyball, soccer and cheerleading for youths.

Click here for more information on fall sports for youths and adults.

The department also offers a range of programs for seniors, including sports and recreation. Recreation centers and public trails are gearing up for fall-themed activities, including Halloween programs, hiking and nature-themed activities.

Click here for Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation's Fall Activities Guide.

For ages 55 and older, senior centers offer a range of programs as well as the use of exercise equipment, the release said. A class to help seniors avoid scams, led by Fayetteville police officers, is scheduled for Nov. 3 at the senior center on Blue Street.

Buddy Sports will open its football season on Sept. 10 at Massey Hill Recreation Center, according to the release. Registration for basketball begins Oct. 1, and registration for baseball begins Jan. 1. The program offers noncompetitive recreational leagues for boys and girls with disabilities. Each player is paired with a “buddy” to help as needed. To volunteer, call 910-433-1569 or 910-433-1570.

Spring and summer brought important milestones for recreation facilities and programs, the release said. They include:

  • Lake Rim Splash Pad opened with the support of a $20,000 donation from the Kiwanis Club of Cape Fear.
  • Senior Center East construction is in progress on Washington Drive.
  • The Kiwanis Recreation Playground upgrade was supported by a $40,000 donation from the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville.
  • Cumberland Community Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant for summer camps at Clark Park, Lake Rim Park and Mazarick Park.
  • A playground and splash pad are nearing completion at Mable C. Smith Park, and construction of a community building there is in progress.
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