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Hit The Plunge To Cool Off
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A group of kids cooled off during open swim at ‘The Plunge’ on Monday, when temperatures hit triple digits. They came with their goggles, floaties and a beach ball. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Hot July days are here and if you need a way to stay cool, there are some local options. For those who do not have a pool or don’t want to load up the vehicle and deal with the inconvenience of heading to the lake, Oakdale’s public swimming pool has you covered. Known informally as ‘The Plunge’ the facility is available to the public for open swim and is also offering swimming lessons.

Open swim runs Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by an hour break and then reopens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, the pool is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The facility features experienced lifeguards on site and a snack bar.

“We came from Riverbank to swim, the kids and I. We like that it is a large pool with lifeguards,” said visitor Frank Sandoval.

The cost to swim is $2 for adults (14 and up) and for kids (13 and under) the daily admission is $1. However, the last half hour of each day is free of charge.

Swim lessons, water aerobics and lap swim classes are also offered Monday through Thursday. The pool will be open on the weekends in August as well.

For more information check out their website on

Officially the Royse Memorial Swimming Pool, the ‘plunge’ is at 555 N. Third Ave., adjacent to Dorada Park.

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Watching over the active swimmers recently at ‘The Plunge’ was lifeguard Claire Van Laar. This is Van Laar’s second year as an active lifeguard at the public pool. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER