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Residents get wet and wild as pools open

Residents get wet and wild as pools open

May 29, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

TRI-STATE - Area swimming pools reported that ticket sales were pretty average over Memorial Day weekend.

Dawn Peters, manager at Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown, said 840 people had passed through the gate Monday as of 5:15 p.m. - 45 minutes before closing.

"It was about the same (as last year)," she said. "It started out slow. I guess at 1:30 (p.m.), everybody started coming in.

The pool opened at noon, she said.

As temperatures reached the mid-80s, children splashed in the pool and played water basketball on hoops along the sides.

Antwaun Jackson, 21, of Hagerstown, said he obliged the pleas of his five nieces and nephews to take them swimming.

"It's a little pre-swim before the barbecue," he said. "They have slides and the diving boards. The kids seem to have fun - as long as they like it."

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Hagerstown resident Jasmine Jackson, 13, said she visited the pool because she was hot.

"It's a nice pool," she said. "It's clean."

Marcus Ricketts, 18, said he wasn't there to swim.

"I come for the ladies," he said. "It's supposed to be Memorial Day. It's supposed to be poppin'."

In Waynesboro, Pa., about 450 people had visited the Northside Pool by late Monday afternoon, said Paige Tanner, a pool cashier.

Memorial Day is the time when summer fun begins at the pool, she said. Things don't get into full swing, however, until July.

Still dripping wet, two boys emerged from the boys locker room at the pool, where the parking lot was nearly full at 6 p.m.

"It was pretty cold at first, but you get used to it," said Jaime Lopez of Greencastle, Pa.

"Like after about 10 minutes," said Patrick Peli, also of Greencastle.

"It's a nice pool. It's got nice prices and nice hours," said Patricia Hendricks of Greencastle. The pool in that town, she said, was not yet open.

"Refreshing," said Jen Jones of Fairfield, Pa.

"Especially when it's this hot," said her mother, Peggy Jones. She and daughters Jen and Sami live closer to a pool in Emmitsburg, Md., but the pool there was not open yet, either, she said.

"Yesterday was the first time I was here," she said.

Children can swim all day at the pool for $4.25, Tanner said. It costs $5.25 for an adult, and $2.25 after 5 p.m.

No one answered the telephone Monday at the public swimming pools in Williamsport, Chambersburg, Pa., and Martinsburg, W.Va.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story.

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