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Keeping cool in Trenton pools

July 2, 2009 3:19:30 PM PDT
Public pools in Trenton are open a week early this year and are expected to make a big splash for the holiday weekend. With school out and the 4th of July almost here, Trenton city pools are preparing for big crowds this weekend and all summer long.

"Usually when the holidays come, we have extra guards on and the kids love it. We stay open late hours," lifeguard supervisor Hank Robinson said.

"Each year we have approximately 80,000 people come and visit our 5 outdoor pools," swimming coordinator Mark Bailey said.

A $27 million budget deficit forced layoffs in the city and the cutback of some programs, but the director of Parks & Recreation says keeping the pools open and free was a priority.

"It's critically important in this economy, we understand what's going on out there and we really want to make it easier for families to recreate," Parks and Recreation Director Sam Frisbee said.

Unfortunately with all the dreary weather we've been having, it hasn't really felt much like swimming weather. But now that you can actually see the sun, recreation officials say folks are clearly ready to hit the pool.

"On hot days, I like to cool off with my little brother. It's fun here," Qayshine Johenkins of Trenton said.

"There's a lot of people I can meet and be friendly with and plus, it's a very fun place to go when it's hot," Idenshea Moreland of Trenton said.

City pools also offer swim lessons and other activities to keep you occupied during the summer.

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