Philly welcomes start of summer by opening public pools for the season

Mark Abrams
June 19, 2018 - 7:12 pm
Neighborhood youngsters swim and play in the Lawncrest Pool.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The city officially began opening its pools Tuesday, and Philadelphia's chief executive dropped by the Lawncrest Pool to signal the start of the summer swim season.

Mayor Jim Kenney gave neighborhood youngsters the all-clear to jump in.

"No speeches — happy summer!" he announced, then blew a whistle for the go-ahead. 

Mayor Jim Kenney gave neighborhood youngsters the all-clear to jump in.
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Jennifer Crandall, spokesperson for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the city has to stagger the opening of the pools over the coming weeks.

"It's a very intense, coordinated effort to open all of the pools throughout the city," she said. "We have 70 public pools and we have plumbers, we have staff, we have lifeguards, and that's just how it works."

Crandall said most of the city's pools will remain open into mid- to late-August.