The countdown to summer fun begins now.

The lifeguards are trained, pre-season parties and fitness classes have already tested the waters and a few new programs are enticing residents to dive in to Splashville.

The city will host opening day Friday, May 25, with special hours inviting area students to take a break from the heat and halls of education. The city's water park will be open from 3-10 p.m. following early release at area schools and an opening day fireworks display will follow.

Regular hours will kick off Saturday when the pool will open 1-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. every Sunday. The pool will remain open daily through Sunday, Aug. 26.

D'Anna Green, pool manager, said although fees have increased to $5 per person for daily admission, children two and younger get in free and senior citizens (65 and older) and twilight swimmers who check in during the last two hours daily get the reduced rate of $3 per person. Saving opportunities are available through the purchase of family passes, which are valid for a family of four who all reside at the same address, for $200 with proof of residency and for an additional $15 a babysitter may be added to the season pass, which can be used for admission to special events.

Daily discount passes may also be purchased for 5-30 visits.

In addition to three monthly movie nights, special events slated for Splashville's fourth season include three beat the heat nights and the annual July 4 celebration. All special events are held 8-11 p.m.

For residents looking for a cool way to stay fit his summer, a new class - Aqua Zumba - has been added to the existing water aerobics and fitness walking lineup. Classes are held in morning and evening hours.

Another new addition, adult swimming lessons, are being offered as well as youth and private swimming lessons.