NEJC pools preparing to close after holiday weekend, but dogs are gearing up for their turn

The Prairie Village pools was full of dogs and tennis balls last year as the dogs were invited to close out the swimming season.
The Prairie Village pool was full of dogs and tennis balls last year as the dogs were invited to close out the swimming season.

Labor Day marks the traditional last day of swimming for humans at local pools and paves the way for that one day when everything goes to the dogs.

The pools in Prairie Village, Mission and Merriam all have special events scheduled for dog owners on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Only Fairway remains canine-free, the explanation being water in that pool isn’t drained for the winter.

The Tuesday line-up:

  • Mission: It’s “Pool Party for Pooches” at the spray ground from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., and 6:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per pooch per session.
  • Merriam: The “Pooch Paddle” goes from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Dogs must be leashed before they reach the pool area and then can swim in any pool. Cost is $5 in advance per dog and $6 on the day of the event.
  • Prairie Village: “Puppy-Pool-Ooza runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Dog owners must provide proof of current vaccinations and must remain leashed unless they’re in the water. Dogs weighing under 25 pounds go to the baby pool and bigger animals will be in the zero entry-leisure pool. Admission is $5 per dog. Pet owners are not allowed in the pool.

In Fairway, while dogs won’t have their day, people will have a special celebration Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be contests and giveaways, burgers and brats and music from DJ Kirby.