City preps for summer fun

While summer might seem far away because of the recent chilly days, that hasn’t stopped staff with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Warren from planning for the upcoming season.

One of the highlights of the parks and recreation offerings is the opening of the municipal pool.

“As of right now, weather dependent, June first” will be the opening day of the pool, according to Parks and Recreation staff member Cindy Strandburg. “It will be open the first and the second (of June) and then closed for that last week of school,” she explained. The pool will then be re-opened with normal summer hours starting on June 8.

Strandburg said that vacancies still exist for lifeguards.

“I am always looking for lifeguards,” she said. “Lifeguards are sometimes very difficult to find.” Individuals with certification are encouraged to apply, but there are still classes available for anyone interested to obtain certification before the start of the pool season.

Facilities at local parks are also set to open and all should be functional the weekend of May 3.

While many special events have already reserved city park space, pavilions are still available. “They can just call here to the city building to set up a date and time,” Strandburg said of making a reservation.

Plans are also in the works for the Summer Playground program, which will run from June 17 through Aug. 9.

“Each summer, the City of Warren recreation department staffs several city parks with supervisors to make sure that the children have a safe, fun experience,” according to a release from the city. “Supervised games and playground activities are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of pool and field trip days.”

“The program itself is free to kids between ages seven and 14,” Strandburg said. “There is a cost associated with the field trip(s).”

While the slate of field trips for 2013 have not been finalized, she said that past field trips have included events such as Darien Lake amusement park, the Pittsburgh Zoo, a Pittsburgh Pirates game, ice skating, overnight camping and canoeing.

Those participating in the Summer Playground program will have the opportunity to go to the pool. A small fee may be required for the use of a Transit Authority of Warren County bus to the pool.

The program will operate at three playgrounds – Crescent, Beaty and Lacy. Mulberry and DeFrees, which were part of the program last year, were cut due to budgetary constraints but will still remain open without staff supervision.