The heavens and Salt Lake County's newest public swimming pool opened Friday.

A bad combination for the latter.Even so, lifeguards and county employees who gathered for the grand opening of the Draper Community Swimming Pool, 657 Vesty Road, seemed unfazed by the rain.

"We're still in hopes of opening today," said Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation special events director, eyeing the skies.

Regardless of the weather, Draper residents should be pleased with the $2.2 million pool.

Kerr said the eight-lane Olympic-size pool was designed and built by the county to serve the growing community in the south end of the valley. It features two diving boards (1 and 3 meters high) and ranges from 3 to 13 feet deep.

"This new facility is one of the first in the area to also offer a water playground especially designed for small children," Kerr said. "A zero-depth fanned entrance to the pool gradually increases to 3 feet deep and features a mushroom-shaped water fountain in which children can splash and play."

The pool, which offers a view of the entire Salt Lake Valley, has a capacity for 350 people and employs 30 lifeguards and several other staffers.

A concession stand borders the swim area.

Preseason hours are Monday-Friday, 3:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-8 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; and Memorial Day, 12-5 p.m.

The summer schedule begins June 8.

Swimming lessons, water aerobics and lap swimming are also available.

Parks and Recreation Division director Glen Lu said the new pool in Taylorsville at Valley Regional Park also will be opening this summer.

The county currently operates 13 other swimming pools, along with 36 recreational facilities and 70 public parks.

For information call 495-1480.