Despite rainy weekend, pool still draws crowd

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As Alice Cooper said many years ago "School’s out for the summer." When translated, that lyric also means: The pool is open and ready for sunbathers and swimmers alike.

The George C. Brown Community Pool unofficially kicked off summer Saturday, as it opened its doors for the first day of swimming, said Jeff Overly, co-manager of the pool with Adrienne Goss.

Overly said that pool regulars will find that there is a new entrance to the pool this year located by the concession stand.

Pool customers now go to the concession stand first to sign in, not through the main gates to the popular swimming area, Overly said, adding that the purpose is to have better control over those coming into the pool.

"The ticket-takers were overwhelmed sometimes by the number of people who were lined up to get into the pool and get out of the sun," he said. "When it's 90 degrees with 80-percent humidity, it's not fun for the ticket takers at all."

Overly said the Punxsy pool is a great place to spend a hot summer’s day and congregate with your friends.

The pool is located on Cypress Street adjacent to Harmon Field and is open noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Wednesday and until 8 p.m. Thursdays, Goss said.

She said the concession stand is fully stocked for lunch, dinner and snacks.

This year, the refreshment stand has a new item, funnel fries, along with plenty of the usual favorites, Overly said, adding that there's homemade pizza, nachos and cheese, hamburgers and hot dogs, and another newer item on the menu is popcorn.

He said the George C. Brown Pool also offers Slushies and ice cream, too.

The Duck Derby, which is an annual fund-raiser for the community pool, will take place again during Groundhog Festival week, Overly said, adding that anyone who is interested should contact a member of SPLASH for more information.

Goss said there will be several free admission days that will be announced throughout the summer.

Overly said another new event is a movie night, which pairs swimming and movies together in one location at the George C. Brown Pool.

Goss said another popular event is a dance with a deejay at the pool and the possibility of a band, too.

"I'm looking at the possibility of holding yoga class at the pool," Goss said, adding that the pool managers are exploring offering a Zumba class as well.

Overly said discussions for future improvements would be to replace the asphalt with grass and to have cement only at the concession stand.

"We're asking everyone in the area to come down and support the George C. Brown pool this year," he said. "It has been here since 1929, and we're planning some exciting activities, theme days, games and possibly another Christmas in July celebration."

He said the pool will be open every day, even if it is raining.

"If there is thunder and lightning for an extended period of time, those are the only days we would be closed for the day," Goss said.

Overly said that Scott Anthony of Fox's Pizza Den will donate 10 percent of the restaurant’s proceeds today, Tuesday and Wednesday to the pool.

Lisa Switlick, of SPLASH, said every year, the group sets aside 10 free pool passes to be given to people that are in financial need.

"This is a community pool, and we want to make sure it's available for everyone to use," Switlick said, adding that these passes are on a first come, first serve basis.

She said those who are interested should stop down at the pool and fill out an application, which will be reviewed by the board, and the applicants will be notified when and if they are approved for a free pass.

For more information, call the pool at 938-4620.