Waynesboro recreation board eyes hosting dog dip at Northside Pool

August 09, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • A crowd of swimmers enjoys the water at Northside Pool in Waynesboro, Pa., in this July 31, 2007 file photo.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro's recreation board members are hoping their latest idea turns into a splash hit event and fundraiser.

The recreation board is working with the Waynesboro Borough Council to open up Northside Pool on Sept. 11 to dogs and dog lovers. The $10 entrance fee would benefit a nearby dog park still in the planning stages.

"We're also going to ask the participants who come to the dog dip to bring canned dog food or bagged dog food for the humane society," said Mike Forney, recreation board president.

The dog swim idea came from a similar event held each year at Charles M. Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown. The date selected by the recreation board is the first Saturday after Waynesboro's municipal pool closes for the season.

Councilman Wayne Driscoll, who is spearheading development of the dog park, asked the other council members last week if they'd be open to the concept of a dog swim. When they said yes, he promised to return with further details.


The tentative times are 1 to 4 p.m., Driscoll said.

With the pool otherwise closed, Forney said the recreation board isn't too concerned about maintenance issues. He said he'd expect those to be very minor.

The pool has a concrete base and sides, rather than a liner that could be torn by dog claws.

Safety of human swimmers is important, Forney said.

"We'll have guards on duty at that time," he said.

Northside Pool, which is at the intersection of Brown and Garfield streets, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday when schools are not in session as well as noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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