New pool opens at YMCA

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX


— 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.

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