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Area pools ready to make a splash

May 22, 2009|By BRANDON BIELTZ

TRI-STATE -- The Memorial Day weekend is a sign that warmer weather is here. And for some, that means a cooling dip in a swimming pool.

This year, public pools were required to make safety improvements before they could open, and a check of pools in the Tri-State area showed that most have complied with the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act and will open Saturday.

The law, which is named after a 7-year-old girl who died as a result of suction entrapment in a hot tub, went into effect last December and mandates that all public pools and spas have certified covers on drains to prevent injury.

The following is a brief look at local public swimming pools:

Chambersburg Municipal Pool

The Chambersburg (Pa.) Municipal Pool will open for the Memorial Day weekend today at 12:30 p.m., having completed safety improvements three weeks ago, according to the borough's assistant superindentent of recreation, Julie Redding.

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Redding said the necessary new drain was installed at a cost of several hundred dollars.

Northside Pool

Northside pool in Waynesboro, Pa., will open at 11 a.m. today for the weekend.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said the necessary equipment had been installed. The improvements were completed in the past couple of weeks at a cost of around $6,000 to $7,000, Hamberger said.

Claude M. Potterfield Pool

Lewie Thomas, recreation facilities coordinator for the City of Hagerstown, said Potterfield Pool on Frederick Street would open for the weekend today at 12:30 p.m.

Thomas said the required safety improvements have been made.

Martinsburg public pools

Both the Lambert and War Memorial pools in Martinsburg, W.Va., will open for the weekend at noon today, according to the Martinsburg Recreation Department. Steve Catlett, executive director of Parks and Recreation, said the safety equipment was installed in the last two weeks and the pools are in full compliance with the new regulations.

Williamsport public pool

The large pool at Williamsport's Byron Memorial Park will open for the weekend at noon today, but the baby pool will not be open. Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II said the baby pool was not yet in compliance and would not open for the weekend.

McCleaf said the town did not have the funds to bring the baby pool's drains into compliance with the new law and that pool will remain closed for the season unless the Town Council finds the money to make the changes. "It's a tight budget year and right now we're going to see where everything falls," McCleaf said.

Hancock Municipal Pool

The Hancock Municipal Pool will not be open for Memorial Day weekend, Town Manager David Smith said.

Smith said the equipment was improved to bring the pool into compliance with the law last summer when the pool was professionally retrofitted. However, the pool cannot open until the company that did the work signs off on paperwork and the drain work is approved.

Smith said he expects the pool to be open next weekend. "I'm ready to go. We can be up and running in three days," he said.

Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park pool

The pool at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway will open at noon today for the weekend.

The necessary improvements have been made at the pool and it passed an inspection by the state, Washington County Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director James Sterling said.

Staff writer Heather Keels contributed to this story.




Pool schedules and prices



Claude M. Potterfield Pool



730 Frederick St., Hagerstown

(Open only on weekends until June 8)

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Prices: Preschool, $1; ages 5-12, $2.50; ages 13-61, $3; seniors, $2.50

Memberships for city residents: ages 2 and younger, free; preschool, $25; ages 5-12, $55; ages 13-61, $75; seniors, $50; family (up to five members), $125.

Northside Pool



138 Brown St., Waynesboro, Pa.

(Open only on weekends until June 11)

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Prices: Younger than 4, free; ages 4-18, $4.25; ages 19 and older, $5.25.

Membership for residents: younger than 4, free; ages 4-18, $47; ages 19 and older, $68; family, $125.50; senior citizen, $57.50; senior citizen family, $105.

Chambersburg Municipal Pool



1 Memorial Drive, Chambersburg, Pa.

(Open only on weekends until school is out)

Hours: 12:30 to 8 p.m. daily

Prices: $5, nonresidents; $3.50, residents.

Membership for residents: family, $190; ages 6-17, $70; adult, $80; senior citizen, $60.

Williamsport Public Pool



11 Park Road, Williamsport

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily

Prices: Younger than 4, free; ages 3-12, $2; adults, $3.

Membership: Family of five, $175; individuals, $80.

War Memorial Pool



500 N. Tennessee Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va.

(Open only on weekends until school is out)

Hours: Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

Prices: Younger than 3, free; ages 3-5, $3; ages 6-17, $4; ages 18 and older, $5.

Season pass: Ages 17 and younger, $100; ages 18 and older ,$125.00; family, $250.

Lambert Pool



283 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va.

Hours: Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

(Open only on weekends until school is out)

Prices: Younger than 3, free; ages 3-5, $3; ages 6-17, $4; ages 18 and older, $5.

Season pass: Ages 17 and younger, $100; ages 18 and older ,$125.00; family, $250.

Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park pool



17901 Halfway Blvd., Hagerstown

(Open only on weekends until June 8)

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily

Prices: Ages 4 and younger, $1; ages 5-17, $2.50 ; adults, $3; senior citizens, $2.50.

Season pass: Ages 5-17, $75; adults, $100; family, $150.

Hancock Municipal Pool



126 W. High St., Hancock

(Opening date to be determined)

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily

Prices: Adults and students, $3; senior citizens, $2; children younger than 5, $1.

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