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Derry, Latrobe community pools ready for a busy summer season

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Andy Grobe of Latrobe, associate program director at Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation, sweeps the floor of the Rogers-McFeely Memorial Pool in Latrobe on Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review
Andy Grobe of Latrobe, associate program director at Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation, sweeps the floor of the Rogers-McFeely Memorial Pool in Latrobe on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, Derry and Latrobe's outdoor community pools are gearing up for a busy season.

In Latrobe, the pool in Legion-Keener Park will open earlier than originally planned.

Jeanne Ashley, executive director of Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation, said usually Rogers-McFeely Memorial Pool opens after the Greater Latrobe school year ends, but after the district calendar was extended because of the harsh winter, the department couldn't wait.

“We just decided to hurry up and get the pool ready to open,” she said.

The pool, which was originally planned to open June 7, will now open Saturday with regular noon to 7 p.m. hours during the weekend, but 4 to 7 p.m. hours during the week until the last day of class June 10.

Ashley said the staff didn't want residents to miss out if hot weather arrived the first week of June.

“We're looking forward to a warm summer,” she said.

Pool manager Andy Grobe said while no major additions or maintenance projects will surprise visitors this summer, Rogers-McFeely Memorial Pool, at 1309 Memorial Drive, will receive fresh coats of paint, cleaning and pressure-washing.

“General maintenance has been well on its way,” he said.

Daily admission is $5 for adults or $2 for children 5 and under. If a resident of Greater Latrobe, passes are $125 for a family of four in the same household with children under 22; $100 for parent/caregiver and child; $50 for a senior citizen over age 60; $60 for adults ages 19-59; and $50 for students ages 6 to 18.

For residents outside the district, passes are $200 for families; $125 for parent/caregiver and child; $70 for a senior citizen over age 60; $80 for adults ages 19-59; and $70 for students ages 6 to 18.

Additional eligible family members can be added to the pass for $15 each. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18. Proof of residency and age are required when registering for passes and programs in addition to birth certificates to verify children's ages.

Private pool rentals and special group party packages are available. Contact the Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation office, 901 Jefferson St., at 724-537-4331 for more information.

Derry Community Pool has traditionally opened for Memorial Day weekend and started its full swim season the following weekend, but with the school year extended by snow days, the pool will open June 7 and will be open from noon to 7 p.m. daily.

“In the past we've tried to be open for Memorial Day weekend, but with school not being out until June 5, that's a lot of time in between to keep the pool running with no one swimming in it,” pool manager Jessie Patterson said.

Patterson has been a fixture at the pool for years, and her pool management experience made her a natural choice to run the pool this summer.

“I managed the pool for the YMCA as well, and I've been working there since I was in high school,” she said. “I started lifeguarding there when the recreation board ran it. I've been there for a while and I know how it should be run, so I think it will be a good season for us.”

The entire lifeguard staff will return for this season, Patterson said, and the concession stand's menu has been streamlined while still offering family favorites.

“I think our menu will be a little bit more limited than it was last summer in hopes of just keeping the costs down and having a more profitable summer. We'll have the same staple foods, though. Everyone loves our hamburgers and cheeseburgers and the fries.”

The pool will offer swim lessons in two-week sessions meeting Monday through Thursday. Classes will cost $35 per two-week session, with classes for ages 6 and up lasting 45 minutes and classes for 3- to 5-year-olds lasting 30 minutes.

Season passes for the Derry Community Pool, East Third Street, are on sale now, and will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the Derry borough office, 114 E. Second Ave., or from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 29 at the Derry Area High School indoor pool.

Youth passes ages 3-18 are $60 while a family pass for a family of up to six people is $175. Individual adult passes are $75, single-parent family passes are $140. Senior citizens age 62 and up can purchase individual passes for $60 or as a couple for $120.

Families with six or more members will be charged $10 for each additional member beyond six on the pass.

Daily admission for the pool is set at $5 per person. Children younger than five will not be charged for daily admission, and members of Building Bodeez Fitness are eligible for a $1 discount on daily admission prices. After 5 p.m., admission will be discounted to $4.

For more information, call the Derry borough office at 724-694-2030.

As in years past, the pool will hold a handful of special night swims, including a Fourth of July celebration at the pool.

Admission for these special events will cost $3 and is not included in season pass prices. “We usually just do night swims on Friday and Saturday evenings” about once a month, Patterson said. “They're more popular when it's really hot out. We always have a Fourth of July event, and then our dog swim at the end of the season. It's the weekend after Labor Day weekend. That's a fun day.”

Greg Reinbold and Stacey Federoff are staff writers for Trib Total Media.

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