By Emily Bialkowski
Oh, that fateful day when the pool closes for the season is rapidly approaching. Much to the disappointment of little swimmers everywhere, the pool must cease operations Aug. 14 when the lifeguards head back to college and begin fall sports practices.
The only consolation is that the last day is filled to the brim with exciting aquatic activities during the annual pool party.
The pool is of course open for public swim as usual, but beginning at 4 and extending to 7 p.m. a swim-a-thon will take place to raise money for the pool remodel.
Pledge forms are available at the pool. Swimmers interested in treading water should arrive between 4 and 6 p.m., as treading will be held continuously those two hours. Swimmers 10 and younger or less competent swimmers will be swimming laps the width of the pool from 5 to 6 p.m. Swimmers 11 and over or more competent swimmers will be swimming laps the length of the pool from 6 to 7 p.m.
From 5 to 8:30 p.m. the American Legion shelter will be open with food for sale, a basket raffle, a display of proposed pool renovations and games of chance.
Raffle items include, but are not limited to a Minnesota Twins fleece blanket, a Minnesota Twins jacket, individual pool pass for the 2013 season, homemade bread basket, autographed books by Jena Blum and watertoys.
From 6 to 7 p.m. the adjacent community playground will feature water games for all ages.
And finally, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. there will be Music in the Park at Veterans Memorial Field. The Irish folk band “Simple Rogues” will provide entertainment.
Any proceeds from the event will go toward pool renovations.
Joanne Zard is a resident who enjoys the pool’s amenities and is hoping to raise awareness and interest in the remodel project. She is part of a group of morning swimmers that have taken it upon themselves to help.
“Our goal is to promote pool usage by all ages,” Zard said. “It’s a 50-year-old pool that needs to be revamped.”
The city has committed funds to renovate the pool, but, as with most aquatic facilities, any additional funding through fundraisers will go a long way to alleviate the financial burden.
And finally, the eager early morning swimmers have made special arrangements with the city to extend operations one week, but that is only for the 6:30 to 8 a.m. crowd.
The rain date is Wednesday, Aug. 15