Local residents looking to beat the heat with the dog days of summer fast approaching will be able to do so at an area high school’s pool, which will be open to local families.
The Mount Vernon School District announced that this summer, the pool at the high school will be open to host family laps and general swimming, beginning on Monday, July 9.
The pool will be available to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents interested in enjoying the pool will need to bring proof of residency and pay a fee of $5 per person per visit.
Four lanes of the pool will be available for open swimming and two lanes will be open for lap swimming only. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Swimmers with flotation devices must be within an arm’s reach of a supervising adult. Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation devices will be allowed.
The pool had been closed for nearly a decade, before it was reopened last December.
In 2010, the pool at the high school was forced to be shut down when a leak was discovered in the facility during a routine inspection. In the following years, various issues with the project and budget restraints prevented district officials from making necessary repairs to make it a safe destination for swimmers.
As a result, “the pool fell out of compliance with current state and county regulations governing aquatic facilities,” Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow said when announcing he secured a $1 million grant for repairs two years ago. “The grant will provide the much-needed capital to make the necessary repairs to bring the pool into compliance with all the applicable rules and regulations.”
“After being closed for most of a decade, the reopening of the Mount Vernon High School pool is a momentous occasion, not just for our students and administration but for the community,” Mount Vernon Schools Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton said last year. “This aquatic facility will provide Mount Vernon residents with year-round access to a pool where they can receive instructional lessons and engage in recreational activities.”
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