Troy children back in the swim

June 28, 2019 11:32 PM

TROY - When a kid grows accustom to the joy of a refreshing dip in a sparkling swimming pool in the summer, and then it's taken away, they notice.

"I've lived in troy for 23 years, when the pools went down it was a travesty," proclaimed Alex Little, "I learned to swim in the community swimming pools. Sometimes my grandmother would want to take us down to the pool as a family activity. It was huge."


Alex was at the Boys & Girls Club Friday night learning to be a lifeguard.

"I'm very enthusiastic to see a kid smile and to say, "Let's go to the pool today," he said.

As the summer of 2019 begins, children of the Collar City will be able to swim, although for the time being, it'll have to be indoors at the Boys & Girls Club on 7th Avenue.

"Yes, I can enjoy my summer," Chaniece Brown states, speaking on behalf of many kids, "My hopes of going to the pool is not being shut down because the Troy Boys & Girls Club is open to us."

"Over the past week, we thought everything was a go for the first of July, but about ten days ago, they said, "No, it's not going to happen," Patrick Doyle, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Club said.

It's not happening at the South Troy Pool because the new liner hasn't been installed just yet, and until it's fixed and in place, the place to swim will be the boys & Girls Club.

"That resource, it's all about giving the community resources," Little says, That way they don't look for other things to do."

Most people agree, the deal that's been worked out between the city of the Boys & Girls club is a far cry better than the solution from the previous two summers, when fire hydrants were turned into splash pads, or else people took a chance at the Poestenkill Gorge, which has been declared dangerous by the city, and has long been off limits to the public.

"Unfortunately those kids view that as their swimming pool and they don't even know any better," Little says.

And so Little and others are training to become lifeguards, and Heather Guarini is there to make sure when the kids come to the pools, the lifeguards are ready for anything.

"Given all the kids in the community somewhere to go this summer is going to make it so much better," Guarini says, "knowing there are confidant, trustworthy lifeguards watching those kids."

Lifeguards like Alex Little.

"You can see the joy on those kids' faces when an extra resource is provided," he says.

The Boys & Girls Club pool opens to the public next Tuesday, July 2nd. It'll be available for community swimming Monday through Friday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and weekends from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

It'll be closed on the Fourth of July.


Dan Levy

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