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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rec to open Hannah Atkins pool Saturday

Hannah Atkins Pool will open Saturday.

Plainfield's Division of Parks & Recreation will kick off the summer season with the opening of the Hannah Atkins Pool on Saturday, May 23, from Noon to 5:00 PM.

"Mayor Mapp wants to be sure our young people are able to avail themselves of summertime recreational opportunities," says Superintendent Veronica Taylor, "and we are pleased to be able to open the Hannah Atkins Pool ahead of schedule."

Plainfield is unusual in a community of its size for having three community swimming pools -- at Rushmore Playground and Seidler Field, as well as at Hannah Atkins.

The pools are a considerable expense, according to Taylor, as maintenance and upkeep were let slide in previous years. In her first year on the job, she has had to deal with resurfacing issues as well as pump and filtration problems. The lack of a long-awaited pool cover at one pool has meant that DPW crews had to retrieve a number of dead squirrels that had fallen in over the winter.

Work is under way for prepping the Rushmore and Seidler pools for their June opening.

All Plainfield's pools have trained and certified lifeguards on hand when they are open, and Taylor has beefed up pool safety training.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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