There are several changes in store at the Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool.
While students from Youngsville Elementary Middle School enjoyed the pool this week, the pool will open to the public on Saturday after a final required training for pool personnel.
This spring the pool was sandblasted and repainted. "We completely redid the entire inside of the pool," Pool Director Lee Bryan said. The kiddie pool was repainted this week and is expected to be ready for opening day.
Times Observer photos by Brian Ferry
During Youngsville Elementary Middle School Pool Days at the Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool, above, lifeguard Jerica Haight affixes a green wristband to fourth-grader Seebe Proper
Brady Olewine makes his way to the top of the climbing wall.
That change is less visible than a policy change put in place for the season.
The pool is participating in the Note and Float program. All children will have to demonstrate their swimming abilities in order to have access to certain areas of the pool.
Those who can swim a full length of the pool will be given green wristbands and will have access to the whole facility.
"The green means they can be in the deep water and use the slide and the rock wall," Pool Manager Jayda Haight said.
Youngsters who are tall enough to stand up safely in the four-foot section of the pool but cannot swim a full length will be given yellow wristbands and restricted to that area.
Non-swimmers will be issued red wristbands and will have to stay in the most shallow area of the pool.
Pool events this season will include the annual Luau on Thursday, June 20, a movie night with "Finding Nemo" starting at about 9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and the pool's second venture into the World's Largest Swimming Lesson from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18.
The pool will be open from 1 to 5 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Aug. 17. The annual Doggie Dip will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24.
The Pool Days for the students were sponsored by Friends of Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool and Youngsville Borough.
The Friends is in its third year of a three-year plan to provide financial support to keep the facility open and operating.
According to Bill Slocum, the organization plans to keep working. "I'm convinced this is one of the best assets this community has," he said. "We're one of the few communities our size that is able to do this. We're an exceptional community and we're able to do this."
"You probably can't count the number of kids that have learned to swim here," he said. "We're going to continue to do what we can to keep it open."