New pool opens at YMCA
— Cool water and warm air are brewing to make the perfect recipe for family fun at the YMCA’s new outdoor swimming pool that opened to members and the public last week.
“It’s the only outdoor pool in the county that people can go to for a $5 daily pass per child and $10 per adult,” said YMCA Executive Director George Patchell. “It’s also, of course, free to YMCA members,” he said.
Construction of this $625,000 capital project began in August 2015 and was completed on schedule at the beginning of May.
This project has been on the YMCA’s drawing board for a long time, but was finally able to come to fruition after the YMCA was
able to connect to the town of Elkton’s public sewer system last June.
The curved pool is up to 60 feet wide in spots and is a total of 110 feet long. Several waterfall play features are located near the shallow end, which is a graduated slope into the water from zero to the deep end of the pool at 5-feet.
At the deep end stands a colorful, twisted tube slide.
The grounds surrounding the pool include a grassy area, as well as concrete areas equipped with lounge chairs, umbrellas and picnic tables.
Patchell was busy inside the new snack bar Wednesday afternoon cooking up some of the food to be served there.
“I just want to be sure the recipes and instructions are right,” he said.
A tall iron fence surrounds the entire outdoor swimming area, which is now visible to motorists traveling along nearby Route 40 or Route 279.
“We have a lot of people to thank for this pool,” Patchell said, noting that it is already paid for through a combination of a $100,000 state bond, a $138,000 capital campaign, reserve funds and a $100,000 loan.
“Delegate Kevin Hornberger, R-35A, and Sen. Stephen Hershey, R-36, helped us get the state bond money during the 2016 session,” he said.
Parrish Pools of Hunt Valley installed the swimming pool and its features, but Patchell made sure local contractors got all the rest of the work, including concrete, electric, plumbing, fencing, excavating and landscaping.
“I acted as the general contractor hiring the subcontractors,” he said.
YMCA Executive Director George Patchell stands next to the center’s new pool, which opened Thursday afternoon.