Doggie Paddle Ends Season

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Tank the white Labrador retriever enjoys Saturday’s K-9 Swim and Play at the Hays Aquatic Park.

A cool temperature of just 73 degrees and a cloudy sky still couldn’t keep the Hays Aquatic Park from “going to the dogs” Saturday.

Canines and their humans enjoyed the annual K-9 Swim and Play sponsored by the Hays Recreation Commission.

Pool chemicals were adjusted for a different breed of swimmer in the zero-depth entry pool before the water is drained for the season.

See more of the fun this week on Hays Post News, Eagle Community TV Channel 14.

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Dogs and their humans in the zero-depth entry pool.


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Dogs were required to have current vaccinations; owners had to be at least age 16.


  • Mary

    I don’t understand why the pool can’t be open on the weekends until Labor Day

    • some guy

      probably because they cant afford it

    • Cost

      I’m sure it’s just a cost issue. Would take a lot of $$ (not to mention a lot of water to top off the evaporation) to keep the water chemistry right for 16 days, when you’d be open just four days.

  • bosco

    i remember when this pool concept was first introduced it was to be the disneyland of western kansas. people would flock here from all over. and the pool would have big boilers so we can keep the thing open until October!! well the boilers broke down so they disconnected those. so much for that idea. it seems every year it closes sooner and sooner.

  • Labor Day

    I agree. It should stay open on weekends till after Labor Day. Just laziness on the City’s part.

  • poppyseed

    Maybe lack of lifeguards. The college kids are heading off to school by now.

  • Tom Sellick

    It’s due to lifeguards going back to school. Simple as that.