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Salt Fork YMCA unveils new pool inflatable Friday

Monday, January 7, 2013

Hollis Makings, 10, plunges into the Salt Fork YMCA pool after conquering the new inflatable obstacle course Friday, Jan. 4.
(Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
A number of years ago, the Salt Fork YMCA's pool inflatable -- Treasure Island -- finally succumbed to the rigors of frequent use.

It just wore out.

Friday, Jan. 4, Y patrons officially welcomed a new inflatable, and a number of kids and adults gave it a try.

The obstacle course layout proved to be a challenge, and most who attempted it early in the evening found themselves plunging into the pool several times as they got the hang of the obstacles.

"It's slippery," said Hollis Makings, 10, son of Anita and John Makings. "It's hard. It took me about five tries."

But the challenge was a fun one, he added.

The inflatable will be available the first Friday of each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 3 to 6 p.m.

The next Family Fun time featuring the inflatable will be Saturday, Jan. 12 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The pool will close at 5:30 p.m. that night so the Y staff can hold its Christmas party.

A youngster trying to navigate the new inflatable obstacle course at Salt Fork YMCA slips on the tricky surface and drops into the pool.
(Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
The inflatable can be reserved from 2 to 3 p.m. for birthday parties, although there is an extra fee for its use, according to Y Executive Director Suzanne Smith.

One thing remains to be done before the inflatable is truly a part of the YMCA family: It needs a name.

"Obstacle course. That's a boring name," Smith said. "We want something fun."

The YMCA staff will take name suggestions at the front desk, she said.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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