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Garden City's 'Big Pool' opens to big crowds

Published on -5/29/2012, 5:40 PM

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GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) -- High heat is headed to southwest Kansas, and one of the world's largest swimming pools is ready.

Saturday's opening day for the "Big Pool" in Garden City drew an estimated 1,200 people, and business figures to pick up this weekend as temperatures are forecast to hit the 90s.

Billed as the world's largest outdoor municipal concrete swimming pool, the pool is about the size of a football field and holds more than 2.5 million gallons of water.

More than 40 lifeguards work at the Big Pool, with about 20 on duty at any given time.

Officials say the pool is so big, they aren't really certain how many people it could hold. It takes about 24 hours to fill the pool with water.

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