Memorial Day weekend start for many pools
Get set to get wet.
From the “Twister,” a double-chute slide installed at Loyalsock Township Community Pool, to a fresh coat of paint applied to the city’s East End Pool in Shaw Place Park and expanded concession stand menu at Jersey Shore Area Community Pool, those operating the seasonal fun spots this summer anticipate increased use with more enhancements and more to offer patrons.
With nearly every pool expected to open Saturday to kick-off the Memorial Day weekend, there is no shortage in opportunities to cool off or get some exercise.
The double slide makes a twist and turn and has been installed at the Loyalsock Township Pool at 2103 Northway Road. The newest pool amenity has Casey Parker, township parks and pool manager, believing attendance could be up.
“The word is out there and I think it will draw some crowds in,” Parker said. “From my understanding, there have been a lot of calls about it at the township building.”
Built by Natural Structures, of Baker City, Ore., the water slide is 10 1/2-foot tall and has 43- and 32-foot enclosed chutes.
Pool hours of operation are 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day and June 1 and 2. The pool begins daily operations at noon June 7. The last day for the season is Aug. 25. Summer hours are 1 to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 6:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Adult and senior lap swim is noon to 1 p.m. daily.
With the city’s only operating community pool at Shaw Place Park, City Recreation Director Justin Simpson expects increased crowds that normally would have been going to Memorial and Brandon Park pools, which permanently are closed.
The pool is operating on a final year without extensive planned improvements, but Simpson said a fresh coat of paint and plaster patch repair has been made.
“I anticipate with one pool open more people will be at the pool each day it is open,” Simpson said, looking at least 50 to 100 more patrons per day, depending on the day and weather conditions.
The decision to close Memorial pool at Memorial Park was made last year and was due to the cost of the repairs necessary to keep it functioning, Simpson said. The reason the Brandon Park pool is closed this year is because of the Showers Estate, a family trust that provided the income to keep the pool operational and staff paid, has been depleted, he said.
Future upgrades to East End are in the air, but proposals include a zero-depth entry for patrons who require handicapped accessibility and children who can’t enter by way of the deep end and a water slide. Other improvements include stainless steel gutters and additional amenities in the zero-depth section, Simpson said.
Construction may start in the fall of 2014, with an opening spring 2015.
This year, pool passes may be obtained at Simpson’s office on the third floor at City Hall and by calling 327-7510 to schedule an appointment to buy a pool pass.
The pool will remain open from Saturday through Memorial Day. It will reopen June 1 and June 2, with a grand opening at noon June 8. Pool hours are noon to 8 p.m. The pool will close for the season on Sept. 2.
The last day of the pool operation will feature a “dog” swim for those who own dogs.
Opening day is Memorial Day weekend, at noon Saturday. The pool remains open through Memorial Day and the following weekend June 1 and 2. It official kicks-off summer noon June 7. Operating hours are noon to 6 p.m. daily.
“We’re doing some new things with our concession stand,” said Bonnie Messersmith, Jersey Shore Community Pool manager at the facility at 410 Thompson St.
Such fun and different food items include walking tacos and pizza slices. Walking tacos are just tacos that one can pick up and walk around with, she explained.
Features at the pool include water aerobics classes scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7 p.m. on different days of the year, she said.
“We’re offering swim lessons in July and working on developing scuba diving class,” she said.
The pool, she said, has among the best features of all pools in the area for younger children with a variety of slides and a zero-clearance end.
Adult swim is held 15 minutes before each hour. All the children, with exception of toddlers with parents, must clear the pool between 11 a.m. to noon for adult swimmers.
South Williamsport and Muncy
South Williamsport Community Pool, at 500 E. Central Ave., near the Little League Stadium, opens Memorial Day weekend. Hours of operation are from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day. The pool opens full time June 8.
The R. J. Patrizio Pool serving Muncy area near Ward L. Myers Elementary School on New Street opens June 8. The pool offers a concession stand with multiple menu items.