Williamsport, Loyalsock Township partner to keep cool in the pool
There’s nothing quite like a summer camp, with pack lunches, games and trips nearby to a community pool to get refreshed in the summer day’s heat.
Williamsport Recreation Department Summer Camp begins today at Brandon and Memorial parks, with about 35 campers ages 6 through 12 attending Monday through Friday, each one chaperoned by camp counselors, said Kayla Drummond, city recreational coordinator.
With Memorial Park Splash Cove Pool closed due to a leak and repair needs, the city partnered with Loyalsock Township and River Valley Transit, as the buses transport the campers and staff to Loyalsock Township Community Pool Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Drummond said.
The township is giving the city a discounted group rate and overall summer rate depending on weather. As long as it is over 15 swimmers the city gets a 10 percent discount on daily admission. For the whole summer, the city gets a discount on summer based on average number of swimmers per day, Drummond said.
Additionally, the city partnered with STEP AmeriCorp for camp counselors. Seven AmeriCorps employees and five city employees make up the counselor staff, Drummond said, added she reached out to Lycoming College, Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lock Haven University for interns but to not avail this year.
Additional ways for campers and children in the city to get wet will be available with three Community Splash Days, each one planned from 1 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park.
The Community Splash Days are scheduled for June 19, July 10 and Aug. 13. The event will be near the playground in the grass area and include water features such as sprinklers, a slip-n-slide, water slide, a dunk tank and the city fire truck is expected to be available.
The final Community Splash Day coincides with Joel Garrison Day, from 4 to 7 p.m., a day and evening set aside for children’s games.