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Scarsdale Pool Hopes to Make a Splash

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – As spring turns to summer, Scarsdale residents will once again have the opportunity to cool off at the community pool, which opens Saturday – just in time for the holiday weekend.

For the 43rd straight year, the Scarsdale Pool Complex will serve as a center of summer recreation, as it hosts a series of swim programs, its annual day camp and water aerobics for seniors.

This year, the Scarsdale Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has added new aquatic programs and special events. Two “Mommy and Me” classes: “Aqua Tots” lessons, for children 6-months to 18-month-old has been added. They are also introducing a “Tiny Bobbers” class for children 18-months to 3-years-old. For children between the ages of 3 and 4, there is a “Pre School Paddlers” program. These classes are all following the guidelines of what the American Red Cross recommends for swim lessons.

These classes will serve as pre-requisites for the pool’s private swimming lessons, as well as for popular youth swimming programs, according to Jason Marra, assistant superintendent of the department.

“We’re trying to expand and improve our swim program, so we added younger levels so the children can get the basics and be more prepared to transition to the higher levels,” Marra said. “We’ve found that if we can get them comfortable in the water young, by the time they get to normal 4-year-old lessons they’ll have the skills and will pick everything up much quicker.”

The Scarsdale Pool will also be offering a “Splash N Play” camp for the first time. This camp, held the week of Aug. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be for elementary students entering grades second through fifth. The camp will include swim lessons, water sports, crafts and special events.

Marra said that many residents felt the day camp, which runs through Aug. 3 was too short, and this offers both parents and kids an additional week of summer recreation.

“We wanted to offer a program to extend the season a little bit, so we decided to do that the week after our day camp ends, and it will run Monday through Thursday,” he said. “We’re trying to meet the needs that the residents want.”

Several special events are also planned for this summer. On June 23, the pool will host a Caribbean Beach Party as “the official summer kickoff,” according to Marra. There will be the annual fireworks show on July 3, followed by Carnival Day on the Fourth of July. On Aug. 4, there will be a family luau party geared toward when the day camp is over.

Membership is required to enter the pool complex and to attend any events. Pool memberships are sold through the Scarsdale Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department online , at the recreation department office in village hall, or at the pool complex.

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