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Grab your swimsuits and your goggles kids because it’s official: Southside Park Pool will be open this summer from June 16 through Labor Day.
The pool has been closed since August 2010 when city funding for local pools ran out. The recent “Save Our Pools” campaign raised $1 million to keep six city pools open for another summer, but the Southside Park Pool was not on that list.
When the pool reopens in June, it will be operated by the local YMCA organization instead of the city through an operating agreement that was approved Friday.
Neighborhood leaders Catherine O’Brien and Alice Levine of the Southside Park Neighborhood Association worked closely with the YMCA and the city Parks and Recreation Department to come up with the plan to get the pool back open for summer.
“The YMCA is thrilled that we are able to work with the city and local residents to open Southside Park Pool this summer” Jay Lowden, YMCA president and CEO said in a press release Monday. “The pool is a great community asset that is enjoyed by thousands of local residents.”
The summer schedule for the pool will include aquatic programs, open swim hours, swim lessons, lap swimming and water exercise classes, Lowden said.
The project is not complete however – O’Brien and Levine are still working to raise $6,000 to support the pools programs this summer.
O’Brien said Friday that neighborhood association pool committee members will be marketing the pool opening at nearby farmers markets leading up to the pool opening, and that would be a good time to make a donation to the fundraising effort.
There will also be an Opening Night Preview Party at the pool June 15 to recognize the pool’s sponsors and kickoff the summer season, according to the press realease.
For more information about the kickoff party or to register fro swim lessons, check out the YMCA website.
Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Twitter @MelissaCorker.