Reporting Gigi Barnett
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The calendar still says spring, but for hundreds of young swimmers in Baltimore, it may as well be summer.
Gigi Barnett reports the city opened its pools this weekend, and it’s a safe option for parents.
Imagine the sound of summer: a crystal blue pool and an ice cream truck nearby. It’s a Splash Bash marking the opening day of city pools.
“It’s definitely fun that the pools open and something to look forward to come to,” said Will Story.
City pools opened on a weekend basis on Memorial Day weekend but now it’s in full swing. The cool water beats the heat.
“In the summertime, you can come here and get in the pool and you can cool off,” said Makiyah Jones.
The city says its pools are a safe option for young swimmers this summer. Instead of opening a fire hydrant–which is illegal–they can come here and also learn pool safety tips.
“We tell them to never run around a swimming pool. The deck can get wet; you can slip and fall,” said City Aquatics Director Darryl Sutton. “And we encourage them, most importantly, to learn to swim.”
While lifeguards are keeping an eye out.
Some parents, like Will and Lindsay Story, have already enrolled their son Nathan into the city’s swim classes.
“It’s just really important for him to know how to swim and how to get to the edge safely,” Lindsay Story said.
The pools close on September 2.
More than 350,000 people will visit city pools this summer.