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City Opens Pools for the Summer

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More Opportunities to Learn How to Swim

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Can’t swim? You’re not alone if you are a member of the African American community. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal,  70% of African-American children and 58% of Hispanic children have little or no swimming ability, compared with 40% of Caucasian children.

Evidence of a continued swimming gap comes as the economic slowdown has cut back opportunities for inner-city kids to swim. While some cities are cutting back on pool hours if not closing pools altogether, and are also cutting public-safety budgets, including money for lifeguards, that is NOT the case here in Atlanta.

The City of Atlanta is reopening more than a dozen pools for residents. A few of the community pools were already open for Memorial weekend, the rest  opened  today, the Tuesday after the holiday.

Mayor Kasim Reed ran on the promise that he would reopen the city’s rec centers, some of which had been closed for a few years. Five of the pools being reopened were closed last year.

Here is the list of pools and their schedules.

GRANT

25 PARK AVENUE, SE, ATLANTA GA 30312

CANDLER

1500 MCCLENDON AVENUE, ATLANTA GA 30307

POWELL

1690 M. L. KING DRIVE, NW, ATLANTA, GA 30314

ADAMS

1581 LAGOON LANE, SW, ATLANTA GA 30311

JOHN A. WHITE

1101 CASCADE CIRCLE, ATLANTA GA 30311

PITTMAN

950 GARIBALDI STREET, ATLANTA GA 30310

DUNBAR

641 COOPER ST, SW, ATLANTA GA 30312

SOUTHBEND

2000 LAKEWOOD AVENUE, ATLANTA GA 303015

CHASTAIN*

135 W Wieuca Road Northwest, Atlanta GA 30342

PIEDMONT*

400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta GA 30306

GARDEN HILLS*

708 Greenview Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA‎ 30305

The operating hours and days for the pools will vary.  Daily rates are $4 adults and $2 for children and senior citizens.   Children under 5 years of age are free.

Don’t be scared…this summer jump on in! The water is just fine!

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