Tenino pool opens to crowds seeking relief from the heat

How hot was it Sunday? It was so hot that after the Tenino Quarry Pool opened at noon Sunday, 86 people passed through the gates in the first 47 minutes.

And all of them were seeking relief from the heat.

The temperature in the Olympia area hit 81 degrees by 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, and then kept on climbing, reaching 91 degrees just before 3 p.m.

“We’re expecting a big crowd,” said Brigitte Nelson, who was working at the cash register on Sunday.

Sunday’s grand opening was preceded by a pool fundraiser Saturday called the Splash Bash.

Splash Bash Chairwoman and Tenino City Councilwoman Sirena Painter could not be reached Sunday, but Tenino Mayor Bret Brodersen said the event was well-attended. It also was the first time to have the fundraiser organized at the pool, including a little carnival and a dunk tank, he said.

The Splash Bash committee has organized auctions and dinners to raise money for the pool in past years, Brodersen said.

The pool, fashioned from a former sandstone quarry, has never closed for an entire season, but it has had shortened seasons, he said. This season the pool is open noon-7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until Sept. 6.

Nelson explained Sunday that the pool is divided into two areas, including a deep-water section that is home to two diving boards, both a low and high dive board. The water is cold, with water temperatures around 57 degrees, she said.

There’s also an area of shallow water for families and children.

If you go, it costs $2 per person for those who live within the Tenino School District and $4 if you live outside the district. Season passes also are available from the city of Tenino, Nelson said.

Meanwhile, the Olympia area won’t get much relief from the heat in the coming days, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s on Monday, and then they will fall throughout the week to about 80 degrees next Sunday.