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(Opening day of the swimming pool at the Cruz Recreation Center, in North Philadelphia.  Photo by John McDevitt)

First Philadelphia Public Pools Open for the 2014 Summer Season

“It’s great — it’s great!” said one girl. “It’s a little bit cold,” admitted a second.

06/20/2014

(Opening day of a Philadelphia city pool in 2012.  File photo by KYW's John Ostapkovich)

As Temperatures Soar, First Philadelphia City Pools to Open Friday

Between this Friday and the end of June, city recreation officials plan to open all of the city’s 70 outdoor and four indoor public pools.

06/16/2014

(Weccacoe Playground, in 2013.  File photo by Cherri Gregg)

Arbitrator Reinstates Workers Who Took 2nd Job With Phila. Rec Department

The workers’ attorney says the Recreation Department had hired them with full knowledge of those jobs, and in fact because of their experience — mostly with the school district.

06/03/2014

(File photo by CBS3)

Family Sues Over Drowning Death of Son at West Phila. Rec Center

Seven-year-old Jabriel O’Connor died last summer after he was found at the bottom of a city pool in the Cobbs Creek section of the city.

12/12/2013

(Philadelphia recreation commissioner Sue Slawson, left, and deputy mayor Michael DiBerardinis testify at a city council hearing on violence in parks and recreation centers.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Council Addresses Recreation Center Violence At Only Hearing Of Summer

More surveillance cameras may be part of the answer as city officials briefed City Council on what they admit is an ‘uptick’ in violence at recreation centers and in the parks.

08/16/2012

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

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

The swimming pool at the Mander Recreation Center, at 33rd and Diamond Streets, was the first of the city pools to open this week.

06/22/2011

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