Yakima Parks & Recreation officials have decided to extend the Franklin Pool season through September 20th.

From Monday, August 24th through Saturday, September 19th, Franklin Pool will be open Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Normal admission prices will apply.

"We decided that people need to have an option for staying cool if the hot weather continues as it is predicted to," said Yakima Parks & Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. "Extending the Franklin Pool season will give people that opportunity."

The outdoor pool's season would have ended on August 23rd.

As it has for the past eight years, the Franklin Pool season will end this year with the annual Paws In the Pool event.

This year's Paws in the Pool will take place on Sunday, September 20th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Dogs and their owners will be invited to end the 2015 Franklin Pool season on a high note by splashing and playing in the pool.

Admission to the Paws In the Pool event is free for dogs, but owners do have to buy a general admission ticket, which costs $2.00 for kids, $3.75 for adults, and $2.25 for senior citizens. A family pass, which can be used for up to two adults and as many as four kids, costs $13.00.

Staff from the Humane Society of Central Washington will also be on hand at this year's Paws In the Pool event to provide information to pet owners and to accept donations of money and/or supplies, including pet food, towels, laundry soap, bleach, and kitty litter.