City prepares for dog swim at area pool

The Williamsport Recreation Department will sponsor a dog day for pet owners, the final day that the Memorial Pool is open for the season.

Activities are scheduled 10 to 2 p.m. Sept. 8, according to Jessie Novinger, director of the city recreation department, providing an assistant with an update for the recreation commission this week.

Humans, however, are not supposed to get in the water with their dogs because the officials drop the chlorine level to permit safe swimming for the pooches, she said.

The most recent Joel Garrison Day at Memorial Park was nicely attended, according to a report to the commission.

About 263 registered to go into Splash Cove and swim that day. Another 293 received face paintings, according to officials.

Activities included a petting zoo and a sketch artist. The department provided 18 boxes of pizza for hungry attendees.

Garrison was a Spanish-American War veteran who returned to the city and devoted his days to serving as a pharamcist in town. He set aside a day in the city that would be for entertainment for children of the city in Memorial Park.

Plans are in the works to hold a Halloween-timed event at the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat. The details remain undetermined at this point. The early schedule of the event coincides with the day of the Mummer’s Parade in South Williamsport, officials said.

Other plans in the more distant months, include the annual Billtown Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 16, and the Festival of Lights in Brandon Park, which typically occurrs at 6 p.m. on the first Friday of December. It may be rescheduled to Nov. 30, depending on what the commission decides in coming weeks.