Good news and bad news for Hill District’s water polo

Great water polo session again at the Thelma Lovette YMCA. Some of the kids are turning into regulars and are getting much better at ball control.

Water polo at the Thelma Lovette YMCA is going to continue throughout the summer on Friday nights. All are welcome to attend. Kids under 18 should come with an adult on the first night to be signed into the building. There is no charge for entry to the Y for our water polo program on Friday nights.

The Thelma Lovette Y is indoors. Games happen rain or shine.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that Ammon Pool, an outdoor 50-meter pool just 5 blocks or so up from the Thelma Lovette YMCA, is going to be closed for the weeks to come. It might open in August. Hope so.

Swimmer at Ammon Pool, when there was water.
Swimmer at Ammon Pool, when there was water.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/06/05/hill-district-pool-closed-for-summer-after-new-filtration-system-mistakenly-shipped-to-middle-east/

Hill District Pool Closed For Summer After New Filtration System Mistakenly Shipped To Middle East
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Kids in the city’s Hill District neighborhood will have to find another place to go swimming this summer.

Officials with the city announced Friday that Ammon Pool will likely not be open at all this season after a new water filtration system was mistaken shipped to the Middle East instead of Pittsburgh.

The new, custom-built water filtration system was going to replace the 80-year-old tanks that were removed from the pool earlier this spring.

The filtration system cleans the pool water continuously.

However, officials say when the new tanks were shipped last month, already after a lengthy delay, they were put on a container ship that went to the Middle East and is not due to return to the United States till late summer.

Construction is underway on new tanks, but the city says it’s unlikely that production, shipping and installation can occur before Aug. 1.

In the meantime, city officials are urging families to use any of the other four nearby pools – Bloomfield, Sue Murray in the North Side, Ormsby on the South Side and the West Penn pool in Polish Hill.

“The loss of Ammon pool for the 2015 Summer season is saddening, especially given the implementation of Citiparks’ new free swimming program for city kids,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Jim Griffin in a press release. “Despite the setback, Ammon will remain an important resource for Hill District residents with our summer camp, baseball academy and meals program Grub Up starting soon.”

City officials say there is still a “small chance” the tanks could be delivered in time for some swimming at the pool, but add that it’s unlikely.

For more information on the swimming pools in the city, visit the CitiParks website here.

Meanwhile, Allegheny County pools are set to open for the season on Saturday. Pools in Boyce Park, North Park, Settlers Cabin and South Park are open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The county Spray Parks in Deer Lakes and Round Hill also open Saturday. They will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thanks for the above photo to Owen. He can get in the water next week we hope. Owen is a new staff member for Swim & Water Polo Camp as part of Summer Dreamers. Other staff members are strongly encouraged to come to the pool on Friday nights too.

Mindfulness Training Sessions slated for community

These events for the community, and perhaps for guardians of students in Summer Dreamers’ Mindful Eating activity are hosted by Mindful Pittsburgh and conducted as City of Learning Digital Badge Training Sessions.

Saturdays in Homewood

* Homewood Carnegie Library
7101 Hamilton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 731-3080

* From 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, June 13, 2015
* From 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, June 20, 2015
* From 10 am to noon on Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunday in Squirrel Hill

* Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library
**5801 Forbes Ave
** Pittsburgh, PA 15217
** (412) 422-9650

* From 1 to 2:30 on Sunday, June 21, 2015

East Liberty

* East Liberty Branch of the Carnegie Library
130 S. Whitfield St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
** (412) 363-8232

* From 10 to 11 am on July 18, 2015

Digital Badge for Mindfulness
Mindfulness Badge, 5 minutes

What are you doing in August 2015? Let’s launch an All-City Sports Camp.

What happens after Summer Dreamers ends?

It is great that the policies have changed in City Hall with Mayor Peduto so as to give all the kids in the city gratis pool tags so that they can go to the Citiparks swim pools this summer. Free swimming for those ages 15 and younger happens in 2015. The pools are about to open and the kids can benefit. Go to a Citiparks Recreation Center and sign up now. The pools open in mid June.

Labor Day is Monday, September 7, 2015. Most of the summer camp activities, including Summer Dreamers, ends at the end of July or in early August. The last day of PPS Summer Dreamers is Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

We should get everyone interested in a summer-ending experience an All-City Sports Camp this year. We can test the waters and gain some experiences so next year’s efforts can be at various sites and larger.

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Invite: Water Polo in Citiparks Pools

Join the fun and play water polo in the evenings. Rookies expected.

Sue Murray Swim Pool, Lower Northside, 6 to 7:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Begins on Monday, June 15.

Sadly, the start date for Ammon Swim Pool, Bedford Avenue and Memory Lane, Hill District, is pending. That pool is not going to open in time as they are putting in new filters and pumps. Later, we hope to be playing water polo there at 6 to 7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Perhaps another site will be provided.

pool_tags_cost_chart.bmpPool tags cost $60 for a family. Adults are $30. Kids ages 15 and younger are free.