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Mayor Nutter Helps Inaugurate New Season For Philadelphia’s Public Pools

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(Mayor Nutter, far left, seems to be enjoying a quick swim alongside neighborhood kids.  Photo by Karin Phillips)

(Mayor Nutter, far left, seems to be enjoying a quick swim alongside neighborhood kids. Photo by Karin Phillips)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The first of the Philadelphia’s public swimming pools opened this morning, with Mayor Michael Nutter joining in for a dip.

The swimming pool at the Mander Recreation Center, at 33rd and Diamond Streets, was the first of the city pools to open this week.  Half of the pools will be opened this weekend, with all 70 open by July 4th weekend.

CBS Philly’s Pool Guide

First Niagara Bank donated $100,000 this year and led a campaign to raise the rest of the $600,000 needed to operate the pools.

“For us it’s important because, quite frankly, some of these kids may be our employees one day,” said First Niagara regional president Bob Kane.

“We’re living in a time where sometimes this is the only vacation that people will get, right in their communities,” said city recreation commissioner Susan Slawson.  “So it’s extremely important that the city pools are open.  And it’s free!”

Monica was very happy:

“On a hot day, in a heat wave, we can go to the pool and get wet.”

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

The City of Philadelphia provided the following tentative list of recreation center pools opening on various dates:

>>> Wednesday June 22

Mander
Bridesburg
Vare
Awbury
Fox Chase
Kelly
Feltonville
Francisville
Carousel
Lincoln
Pickett
Hartranft
Sayre

>>> Thursday, June 23

Hillside
Northern Liberties
Jardel
Cobbs Creek
Morris Estate
Vogt

>>> Friday, June 24

Max Myers
Cohox
Penrose
M. Anderson
Lederer
J. Finnegan
Christy
Mitchell
Athletic

>>> Saturday, June 25

Kendrick
Barry
Lackman
Simpson
Cruz
American Legion
Lee

>>> Tuesday, June 28

Hunting Park
Gathers
Sacks
Schmidt
Samuel
Cione
Murphy
Kingsessing
Cherashore

>>> Wednesday, June 29

Houseman
Lonnie Young
Belfield
Myers
Shepard
Ziehler
East Poplar
Amos

>>> Thursday, June 30

Pleasant
CB Moore
Ford
Tustin
Jacobs
Piccoli
Hancock
Ridgway

>>> Friday, July 1

Stinger Square
Baker
Chew
Lawncrest
Heitzman
Dendy
Shuler
Mill Creek

>>> Saturday, July 2

McVeigh

>>> Tuesday, July 5

Scanlon
39th & Olive
Waterloo
King

>>> Wednesday, July 7

O’Connor

>>> Mid-July

12th and Cambria

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