PDT Staff Writer
Preparations are being made for McKinley Pool in Portsmouth to open on Monday, June 4. The pool hours will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays. The cost for children 10 and under is $1 and $2 for others.
Assistant Pool Director Doris Johnson said there is still a need for more lifeguards to join the pool staff.
“We have been working really hard these last few weeks to make sure that everything is ready. We have done most of the work ourselves, but we did get some help from the Sheriff’s Office, who provided inmates to do some of the painting,” Johnson said.
Johnson said she is looking forward to a successful summer at the pool.
“I believe that we will have a very large number of kids to come here to swim because most of the pools are closed locally,” Johnson said.
Johnson also said she was concerned about the disproportionate number of underprivileged youth that frequent the pool, and the need of assistance for them.
“Many of the kids do not get decent meals at home; it is a really bad problem. We have been fortunate to get support from Community Action, who provides lunches for the kids Monday through Friday, and then send them home on the weekends with a backpack supply to sustain them throughout the weekend,” Johnson said.
Despite the challenges, Johnson was optimistic.
“Swimming is a good outlet for the kids, and I am glad that we can provide this source of recreation for them,” Johnson said.
Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 234 or email@example.com.