LAYTON -- After 25 years, it's time to party.
Layton's Surf-N-Swim, a staple in the community for the last quarter of a century, is celebrating its 25th birthday during the week of Feb. 6-11 with a wide range of activities and special events.
"The week is going to be fun, and we're excited to see people come out and celebrate with us," said Josh Dukes, aquatics manager.
The celebration started Monday with free tube rentals and music playing on the pool deck. On Tuesday, swimmers enjoyed free ice cream sandwiches during the open wave session from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
On Wednesday, there was an additional present for the swimmers, as pool officials installed a portable, inflatable obstacle course for the swimmers to try to conquer.
"This is just an opportunity to pay back the citizens and our patrons for their support and help over the years," said Dave Price, parks and recreation director. "We're here for them, but they're the ones who help provide the financial backing.
"It's a beautiful facility, and they help us keep it vibrant and a fun place to be."
The partying continues with "Throwback Night" tonight and Friday when the cost to get into the open wave session is just $2, the original price to get into the pool when it first opened.
The cost to use the pool is regularly $3 in the winter and $4.50 in the summer.
"We're proud of the fact that it's not that big of a rollback," Price said. "We've been able to maintain this facility and keep prices at a rate that people can come and enjoy the facility."
Price said that in the last five years, the city has refurbished and replaced the pool's heating systems and the ultra-violet and sand filtration systems.
"That's the part of the pool the public doesn't see, but the part of the pool that makes it a safe facility," Price said.
City officials also are proud that the Surf-N-Swim has served the community well.
"It's an integral part of the community, especially for fitness swimmers and the individuals who take water aerobics," Dukes said. "Plus, without Surf-N-Swim, our three high schools would not have a place to practice."
Swim teams from Layton, Northridge and Davis high schools, as well as a club swim team with participants from ages 5 to 20, call the Surf-N-Swim home.
The weeklong celebration, which also included a racquetball tournament, ends Saturday with birthday cookies being given to everyone who enters.