New mu­ral spreads mes­sage of safety at Menlo Park Pool

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jen­nifer Con­nor

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Ear­lier this sum­mer on June 10, a small 4-year-old girl found her­self in trou­ble at Menlo Park Pool in Perkasie. She was pulled out of the wa­ter by a man who was next to her in the pool. Along with the life­guard and two pool at­ten­dees who KDSSHnHG WR EH firVW rHVSRnGHrV, WKH girl was re­sus­ci­tated and sent to the hospi­tal. Ac­cord­ing to Perkasie Bor­ough’s As­sis­tant Man­ager An­drea Coaxum, the pool’s EAP (Emer- gency Ac­tion Plan) worked just they way it should have.

“:KHn WKH OLWWOH JLrO WRRN KHr firVW breaths the EMTs from the am­bu­lance were on scene,” Coaxum said.

A few weeks later, the bor­ough de­cided to fund a mu­ral project that high­lighted pool safety to adorn the bath house at Menlo Park Pool. It was to fo­cus on the phrase, “Your chil­dren are price­less, watch them care­fully.”

The shape of the pool’s “lazy river” is de­picted in the mu­ral and the foun­tain is placed where the wa­ter foun­tain is on the wall.

Ni­cole Sensinger, who has life­guarded at the pool for the past

three sum­mers, was cho­sen to work on the mu­ral. A re­cent Blooms­burg rniver­sity grad­u­ate with a de­gree in teach­ing, Sensinger said she is en­joy­ing the op­por­tu­nity to por­tray pool safety to keep the kids at the pool even safer.

Her friend, Crys­tal An­der­son, who has an as­so­ciate’s de­gree in visual arts from Bucks County Community Col­lege, is also help­ing with the paint­ing.

“I tried to cater to visual learn­ers, also,” Sensinger said when de­scrib­ing the de­sign. “Words and pic­tures re­late to peo­ple dif­fer­ently. I think the im­ages I chose are easy to re­late to.”

None of the chil­dren are stand­ing on the “lazy river” wall, one of the pool rules. There are a few other ruleabid­ing pool pa­trons if one looks for them in the mu­ral, Sensinger said.

They hope to have the muUDL fiQLVKHG VHUY VKRUWLY DQG GH­fiQLWHLY EHIRUH WKH HQG RI the sum­mer, Sensinger said.

“I think we had a very suc­cess­ful sum­mer at the pool,” Perkasie Bor­ough Parks and Re­cre­ation Man­ager Joshua Aniske­vich said. Some high­lights in­cluded free swim lessons and a new ef­fort to of­fer dis­counted rates to al­low all community mem­bers to use the fa­cil­i­ties.

News-her­ald photo — DEBBY HIGH

The new mu­ral at the Menlo Park Pool reads “Your chil­dren are price­less, Watch them care­fully.”

An­thony Hotham, 4, and his brother, Tommy, 2, watch as the new mu­ral is painted.

News-her­ald pho­tos — DEBBY HIGH

Ni­cole Sensinger paints in some de­tails on the new mu­ral.

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