Elise Hausman, 5, steadily makes her way across the pool Saturday afternoon. "It's really hot, so that's why I came to the pool," Elise said.
Aubin Murphy, 7, left, and Lillian Wendel, 4, paint the cement with water Saturday afternoon at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky. Saturday kicked off the opening of the pool.
Avery Ward, 3, eyes the crowd looking for her cousin as she waits in line before the pool was open. The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center opend for 2006 swimming season Saturday afternoon.
Lawrence Aquatic Center lifeguard Heather Powen supervises kids playing in the pool Saturday afternoon. This is Powen's fourth summer as a lifeguard.
Kids eagerly watch Tyler Larson, left, painting a picture of people swimming at the Lawrence Aquatic Center. "This is the third year I have painted at the pool on opening day," Larson said. "The kids seem to really appreciate my artwork, and it's great to have such a fun and color place to paint."
Isabel Carttar, left, watches as Sofia Dominguez tries to wiggle away from her mother, Leslie Milton, as she tries to apply sunscreen on her before the opening of the pool.
Kerrya Roberts swims at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 747 Ky., Saturday afternoon.