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--- Issued June 20, 2011

The Erie Housing Authority this year contributed $17,000 to Erie’s Parks and Recreation program to enable children to use the Roger Young Pool five weeks more than in 2010.

The pool is situated on Buffalo Road near Downing Avenue,



Shown at this year’s early June 13 opening of the Roger Young Pool, along with a check for the City of Erie, are, from left, Jim Martin of Highmark; Kim Green, Erie’s director of economic and community development; Gerry Van DeMerwe, CEO of the YMCA of Erie; John E. Horan; and Cherie Kinem, recreation director for the YMCA.

This year the pool will be open from June 13 through August 19.

Usually, the pool is not opened until after July 1.

The pool will be managed by the YMCA of Greater Erie, which has already hired six lifeguards to help maintain the pool and to supervise swimmers.

John Horan, executive director of the Housing Authority, said the Authority's contribution of $17,000 should help with the $41,000 total required to fund the pool this summer.

"It's a minimal investment for its payback," Horan said. “It’s a great benefit because we have so many residents who live in that area. It will give them an additional positive activity to do in the summer.”

In addition to swimming, the pool will have other activities, including field sports such as football and kickball, as well as weekly violence prevention sessions and Girl Scout meetings.

The Roger Young Swimming Pool is the only city-funded public pool. It is free to the public, serving children ages 6 to 18 from from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

There are 570 youths 18 and under who are residents of public housing who live in that area.

Pool is open to 6 to 18 year olds. Children ages 5 and under can swim if accompanied by a parent.