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City Pools Officially Open for the Summer

by Gregory Dale
AFRO News Editor

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As blazing temperatures continue to rock Baltimore, swimming pools across the city are now officially open to help Charm City residents stay cool.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Councilman Nick Mosby and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) officials formally kicked off the summer pool season June 23 at the annual "Big Splash." The event, which was hosted at Druid Hill Park, marked the opening of the city's 12 neighborhood walk-to-pools and splash pads, according to a news release.

"This is an important time for the city as it provides another opportunity to serve the community, particularly the youth," Gwendolyn Chambers, BCRP public information officer told the AFRO. "Our pools employ more than 100 youth as lifeguards and pool attendants and serves thousands more throughout the summer."

The city's six park pools opened May 26 and will remain open until Labor Day. The neighborhood walk-to-pools will stay open for seven weeks.

Chambers explained that in addition to swim sessions, many of the facilities offer swimming lessons for all ages, water aerobics, scuba diving, kayak roll lessons and swim meets. Additionally, Druid Hill Park hosts a "Dive in Movie" event every Friday where families can enjoy a film from the pool deck.

For more information on city pools and to view a full swim schedule, visit:www.baltimorecity.gov/recnparks.