Signourney Swimming Pool
Location: 1018 West Spring Street, Sigourney - (641) 622-2741
Cost: $3.00 for residents; $3.50 for non-residents; Passes both individual and Family are available starting at $80.00
Hours: 1:00-7:00 daily
Description: The Signourney pool is nestled in Legion Park between the playground and the tennis courts and ball field. The "L" shaped pool has a zero depth entry on one end, a small slide in the corner, a lap swim area, and two diving boards on the deep end. There are a series of watersprays and "dumpers" located to the side of the pool.
Rules to Know: Only children under 12 are allowed on the slide. Masks, dive sticks, water balls are all OK. We saw a child with a small foating ride in "boat" so those must be OK, too, but we didn't see any rafts or noodles. The sign says no outside food can be brought in. We had two tubs of snacks we brought with us. There is a 5 minute break at the top of each hour for "adult swim."
Food: Snacks, drinks, and frozen goodies ranging in price from $.25 - $1.50.
Cleanliness: Clean. The bathroom/shower/changing rooms were clean and off to the side of the entrance. A patron had vomitted on the pool deck and we saw the staff meticuously clean the mess with bleach and water. I don't know if the bleach mixture was 1:10 ratio as the bloodborne pathogens training would suggest, but it was cleaned none the less.
Friendliness: Very friendly. A guard spoke to us right away. We walked up slightly before opening and the gate was open. We did have to get the attention of the person inside the window where you pay to ask about opening time, etc. Another parent spoke to us while we were there.
Web-site: There isn't one for the pool, but there is a blog on the Signourney city web-site.
Pros: Padded/lined bottom. Ladies, buy those expensive swimsuits and then come sit in the pool at Sigourney. You won't snag a thing! It also makes it nice for little ones' feet and hands. The dual boards make for diving fun and while the slide is not a huge one, it did offer the two seven years old we had with enough of a challenge to go on it repeatedly. The boy tried different techniques. . . slow, fast, sitting up, etc. We saw other kids try to come off the slide and see how far they could go under water. Based on the adult/child ratios at the pool, there are lots of kids dropped off or walk to or ride bikes to this pool. It is evident that the community has faith in the pool for appropriate supervision.
Cons: Lacking the big body slides that are so prevelent at other pools nearby. We snagged lounge chairs near the entrance only to find that we couldn't adjust the back on them as they were broken.
Fun Factor: We hadn't been to the Sigourney pool for a couple of years and it was like coming home to an old friend. During the 5 minute breaks, the kids congregate at either the snack stand or the water sprays and dumpers for more water fun. The 5 minute break is much more palatable than the 15 minute breaks we encounted at other pools. Between the slide, diving boards, and dive sticks the two 7 year olds we had with us were reluctant to leave after 2 1/2 hours.
To compare this pool to others we have visited, click on the name of the pool to read the review: Bloomfield Municipal Pool, Edmundson Park Swimming Pool in Oskaloosa, Pella Aquatic Center with Adventure River, Monroe County Aquatic Center in Albia, The Beach Ottumwa, and Fairfield Municipal Swimming Pool.