Dive In, City Pools are Open

Make a splash with Mayor Nutter Friday

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    NEWSLETTERS

    With the help of corporate sponsors, city pools open Friday.

    It's time to get wet, Philly, public pools open Friday -- just in time for the scorching weather this weekend.

    Mayor Michael Nutter set up the 2010 Splash and Summer FUNd to raise money for public pools after budget restraints drained the money for 27 pools last summer.

    “In Philadelphia, keeping our swimming pools open during the summer is important to maintaining a strong sense of community in which friends and neighbors can connect,” Nutter said in a press release.

    And lucky for Philadelphia, the First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. donated $400,000 dollars to the FUNd and promised to make sure the pools stay open through 2011.

    Other private-sector donors helped the FUNd reach its $600,000 goal. These donors include Lombard Swim Club, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia Parking Authority, TD Bank, Modell’s Sporting Goods and Temple University.

    “The response for the Mayor’s Splash and Summer FUNd program, an initiative that is very near and dear to his administration, has been tremendous,” Recreation Commissioner Susan Slawson said. “We are fortunate to have reached his goal for 2010.”

    Opening these 70 pools provides 800 seasonal jobs for the city -- 400 in maintenance and 400 in lifeguarding.

    In addition to the donation, First Niagara created a $250,000 grant program for thousands of children to receive free swimming lessons at local YMCA’s.

    Come out Friday at 3 p.m. to Kelly Pool in Fairmount Park and join Mayor Michael Nutter as he kicks off pool season and celebrates the opening day of 70 pools in Philadelphia.

    Check below to see when you can make a splash at your local pool.

    Friday, June 18
    Fox Chase
    Bridesburg
    Awbury
    Mander
    Cohox
    Kelly
    Vare
    Carousel
    Lincoln (21st)
    Sayre (21st )
    Pickett (21st ) 

    Saturday, June 19
    MitchellJ
    ardel
    Feltonville
    Francisville
    Marian
    Anderson
    Lee 

    Tuesday, June 22
    Vogt
    Morris Estate
    Kendrick
    Athletic
    Cione
    Hawthorne
    Max Myers 

    Wednesday, June 23
    Samuel
    Hunting Park
    Northern Liberties
    Murphy
    Ford
    Tustin
    J. Finnegan
    Christy 

    Thursday, June 24
    Belfield
    Cherashore
    Hillside
    Penrose
    Lederer
    Kingsessing

    Friday, June 25
    Lackman
    Gathers
    Cruz
    Shepard
    O’Connor 

    Saturday, June 26
    Dendy
    Barry 

    Monday, June 28
    Schmidt
    FJ
    Myers
    Waterloo 

    Tuesday, June 29
    Jacobs
    American
    Legion
    Piccoli
    Amos
    McVeigh
    Sacks
    Cobbs Creek 

    Wednesday, June 30
    Simpson
    Ziehler
    Pleasant
    Shuler
    East Poplar
    Baker
    Hancock

    Thursday, July 1
    Lawncrest
    Heitzman
    12th & Cambria
    ML King
    Mill Creek
    Stinger Square 

    Friday, July 2
    Houseman
    Lonnie Young
    CB Moore
    Chew
    39th & Olive 

    Tuesday, July 6
    Scanlon
    Hartranft


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