If you live in Philly you have more than 70 swimming pool options to help you cool down.

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Pool season officially underway in Philadelphia

June 17, 2019 - 4:55 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Summer fun and safety collide as Philadelphia Parks and Recreation open their pools for the summer.

Hot, humid and sticky are just some of the words you can use to describe Philly in the summer. But if you live in Philadelphia, you have more than 70 swimming pool options to help you cool down.

"It is such a wonderful asset we have here in Philadelphia and we want Philadelphians to be out there enjoying the pools. We have over a million pool visits each year," said commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell.

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She says getting the pools open is only part of their summer swimming program.

"We want to make sure no kids have any barriers to getting access to our pools.

Ott Lovell says one of the ways they are doing this is by their "suit up for summer" campaign.

"Unfortunately for some kids, they're either out playing and just didn't have a suit that day, or their parents weren't able to afford a suit," she said. 

The campaign is asking people to donate swim trunks, bathing suits, and life jackets to Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

"And we are distributing them to centers all around the city," she added.

Ott Lovell was joined by Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt to open the Bridesburg Recreation Center pool that recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation.

And Schmidt is pitching in to help keep swimmers safe.

"Our plan and our vision is to make Philadelphia sun smart, and part of that is to put a sun screen dispenser at every city-owned pool in the area.

In 2013, Schmidt was diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. He says he never used sun screen as a kid or during his time as a Phillie, and he wants to make sure the kids out splashing around in the city's pools are better protected than he was.