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Clarion Borough Pool Builds Friendships While Offering Community Recreation
The pool has been a popular hangout for Clarion area families who want to cool off and spend some active time with friends.
The pool, located on Liberty Street next to the Clarion High School, recently received a face-lift to repair cracks and was painted by the Clarion Borough. Many are pleased with the way the pool looks this year.
“It’s nice to see the pool looking so good,” said Mindi Verdill, a long-time pool patron. The Verdill family has utilized the pool for the last 15 years.
“Mike and I have been coming since 1993,” Mindi noted. “Our boys have come to the pool since the first summers of their lives. They are now 15 and 13. We come because it is a great place to hang out, swim, play and meet up with old and new friends.”
The pool saw record high attendance on Saturday, June 23 at the summer opening party and has already been the host to multiple pool parties. Overall, attendance is up compared to recent years.
“Admission was only $1 for kids on June 23 for the opening party and that drew a crowd,” said YMCA Pool Manager Jason Brinkley. “We have also had quite a few pool parties and groups using the pool. It has been a very busy month.”
The pool had a slight delay in opening this year due to pool maintenance and several days of rain, but rebounded with some very hot 90 degree days in June. Those high temperatures warmed the pool to a very comfortable 82-84 degrees.
The YMCA employs the pool manager and eight lifeguards, provides swim lessons, and coordinates events and parties at the pool. The pool is open seven days a week from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Day passes are $5 per person. Season passes are also available.
(Pictured above: friends Ashlyn Clark, Lila Gourley, Mason Gourley and Kylan Clark enjoy the pool together.)
“I like to come to the pool so I can swim and hang out with my friends,” Ashlyn Clark noted as she hung out with a group in the deep end of the pool.
The Clark family realizes how important the pool is to the community. Dan Clark recently spearheaded an effort to raise matching funds for a grant to keep the pool in operation.
“I’m loving seeing the community use our pool, seeing kids of all ages socializing, and people enjoying the facility. Please keep the momentum going and consider making a donation to our United Way campaign for supporting the Boro’s grant writing endeavors- let’s demonstrate public support (regardless of municipality of residence) for the pool,” Clark wrote in a Facebook post.
The United Way is still accepting donations. Funds will be used to keep the pool in operation in the coming years. Monies raised will be used as “matching funds” for grant writing efforts. Donations can be made online at the United Way of Clarion County. Pledge forms can also be printed and mailed.
To learn more about the Clarion Borough Pool, swim lessons, events and pool parties, visit www.clarioncountyymca.org/clarion-pool.
Upcoming Events at the Borough Pool
SUMMER SWIM LESSONS
Swim lessons are available at the Clarion Borough Pool throughout the summer. All lessons are held with a certified and qualified lifeguard. Your child will need a swim suit and a caring parent or adult nearby. Three sessions will be available during the summer months. SESSION 3: July 29 to August 18. Register at the YMCA or online.
An excellent form of exercise in the pool which is easy on the joints and offers all the benefits of a cardiovascular workout. Water Aerobics will be held at the Clarion Borough Pool from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays, from June 19 to August 16. Classes are free to UPMC Silver&Fit Members and SilverSneakers Members. Cost for the full summer is just $30.00/YMCA Members and $60.00/Non-members (register ahead of time at the YMCA). Drop in to any class for $5.00.
SUMMER FUN AT THE BOROUGH POOL
Join us for some fun at the pool. Activities are available to the entire family unless otherwise noted.
MID SUMMER BASH FRIDAY, JULY 20 – from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; $1.00 admission for kids ages two to 15. Includes games, swimming, music, and more.
KIDS’ FUN DAYS AT THE POOL - Held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join us for fun pool games and prizes – Thursday, July 12, Tuesday, July 24, and Wednesday, August 15.
CORNHOLE CLASSIC - Saturday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. Kids of all ages will have a blast playing cornhole! There is no fee to play for those with a pool pass or a day pass. Winners will receive YMCA prize packs. (Rain Date: Saturday, August 11).
SUMMER’S LAST BLAST MOVIE NIGHT - Friday, August 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; $3.00 admission includes popcorn with swimming until dark and a movie on the lawn.
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