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Area swimming pools prepare for opening day

May 26, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY
  • Charles Brown, an employee of the Town of Williamsport, puts a new coat of paint on the basin of the baby pool Tuesday at W.D. Byron Memorial Park.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

TRI-STATE -- Although some were still awaiting inspections, the Tri-State area's community swimming pools are expected to open Saturday for the Memorial Day weekend.

Many of the public pools offer swimming lessons, memberships and season passes, and are available for private parties.

The Washington County Health Department conducts inspections for all public pools in Washington County. Inspections for Pennsylvania public pools are controlled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. For all West Virginia public pools, inspections are completed by the county health departments but are based on state regulations. Martinsburg pools are inspected by the Berkeley County Health Department.

The following is a list of public pools in and around Washington County:

Claude M. Potterfield Pool

730 Frederick St., Hagerstown

Junior Mason, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Hagerstown, said Potterfield Pool will open Saturday at noon.

The pool features a wading pool, a water slide and a kiddie pool, "all of which open on Saturday along with the main pool," he said.

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

Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park Pool

17901 Halfway Blvd., Halfway

The pool opens Saturday at noon.

"The inspection is this week and we don't anticipate any problems," said James Sterling, director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities for Washington County. "We have a small slide that goes into 4 feet of water and we have a small kiddie pool."

Hours: Daily, noon to 6 p.m.

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 Swimming Pool

220 Park Road, Hancock

Town Manager David Smith said, "We hope to be open Memorial Day weekend. We are currently waiting to pass inspection. If we open on Saturday it will be at noon, weather permitting."

The pool has a water slide, a wading pool and a concession stand, Smith said.

Hours: Daily, noon to 6 p.m.

Prices: Ages 5 and younger, $1; adults and students, $3; ages 55 and older, $2

L. Beard Miller Pool

11 Park Road, Williamsport

Pool manager Katie Lum said the pool will open Saturday at noon.

"We do have a baby pool with a beach and a mushroom waterfall. We do offer food. We offer pizza, cheeseburgers and hot dogs. We also sell drinks and candy," she said.

After a truck wrecked into the baby pool, there were damages that had to be repaired.

Donald Stotelmyer, town clerk and manager, said, "We had to repair a fence and also there had to be some work done to an outside faucet to the baby pool and the pool had to be painted, but it will be open on Saturday."

Hours: Daily, noon to 6 p.m.

Prices: Ages 4 and younger, free; ages 3-12, $2; adults, $3

Membership: Individuals, $80; family of five, $175

Chambersburg Municipal Pool

1 Memorial Drive, Chambersburg, Pa.

"It opens this Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:30 to 8. We close for the week and we reopen on the 5th and 6th of June from 12:30 to 8, and then we're off another week," said Guy Shaul, superintendent of the Recreation Department for the Borough of Chambersburg.

The pool opens officially June 12 from 12:30 to 8 p.m., he said.

According to Shaul, the pool has a water slide and a newly renovated pool for kids. The facility also features sand volleyball courts, a skatepark and a minature golf course.

Hours: Daily, 12:30 to 8 p.m.

Prices: Daily rate, $6; borough resident, $4; ages 60 and older, $3

Northside Pool

138 Brown St., Waynesboro, Pa.

Borough of Waynesboro Administrative Assistant Melinda Knott said Northside Pool opens Saturday at 11 a.m.

According to borough manager Lloyd Hamberger, the pool does not have an inspection to pass before Memorial Day and the pool will definitely be open Saturday.

The pool has a zero-depth entrance, a kiddie pool and concession stands for refreshments.

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

Prices: Infant to 4 years, free; ages 4-18, $4.75; adults, $5.75; chaperone (non-swimmer), $2.50; after 5 p.m., $2.50

Membership: Infant to 4 years, free; ages 4-18, $40.75; adults, $64; family, $127; ages 55 and older, $52.25; senior citizens family, $104.50. Membership prices apply before opening day. After opening day, all prices go up $10.

War Memorial Park Pool

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

Lisa Fletcher, registrar for the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board, said, "The pool will be open from noon to 6 on Saturday, 1 to 6 Sunday, and noon to 5 on Monday. From there, it will be open on weekends until school lets out" on June 7.

According to Fletcher, the pool features a zero-depth entry and several children's areas, such as a frog slide and a mushroom fountain.

Hours: Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

Prices: Ages 2 and younger, free; ages 3-5, $3; ages 6-17, $4; adults, $5; senior citizens, $4

Season Pass: Ages 17 and younger, $100; adults, $125; family, $250

Lambert Park Pool

283 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va.

Lambert Park Pool opens Saturday. The pool features a large slide, a kiddie pool and two diving boards, Fletcher said.

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

Prices: Ages 2 and younger, free; ages 3-5, $3; ages 6-17, $4; adults, $5; senior citizens, $4

Memberships: Ages 17 and younger, $100; adults, $125; family, $250

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