Family pass for The Beach in Cloquet is money well spent

Fun at The Beach in Cloquet

It may not feel like summer swimming weather yet, but it’s coming and so is the opening of The Beach swimming pond in Cloquet’s beautiful Pinehurst Park.

And, at $39 for an individual pass, $69 for a family pass, and $109 for the licensed childcare pass, I can’t think of a better summertime investment, especially for families.

When we lived in Pocatello, Idaho, the city had a beautiful swimming complex. Granted, it was pretty much all concrete, but there was a lazy river, swimming pool, water slides, a toddler play structure … and the price for a family pass was $275 a summer. I’d rather pay $69 and be able to sit in the grass, build a sand castle and frolic in the water at the swimming pond here in Cloquet.

It’s the perfect blend of lake and swimming pool. There’s sand, but no boats. Water that doesn’t sting your eyes (too much) but no fish or icky weeds and mud grabbing at your feet. And, best of all, there are trained lifeguards on hand helping watch over the swimmers.

The Beach opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 and it will be open daily from 11 am - 7 p.m. (closed for inclement weather) until Aug. 12, when hours change to 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The Beach will close for the season on August 30. Daily admission is $3 per person and credit cards are not accepted. Pre-season pass sale: Buy before June 8 and save $10 Buy your pass at the Community Education office during their extended office hours on Thursday, June 6 and Friday June 7,  7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. or online at http://www.cloquet.k12.mn.us/communityed. Prices go up $10 after June 7. Once the Beach opens, the price goes up to:  $49 single pass, $79 family pass, $119 licensed childcare pass.

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