The Mount Vernon High School Swimming Pool Will Open to Residents Again
The Mount Vernon High School swimming pool will open to families and residents of the city again this summer as COVID-era restrictions continue to loosen.
Public swimming will begin Wednesday, June 16. Mount Vernon residents will be able to swim in the pool on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The pool will be closed Saturday, July 3; Monday, July 5; and Saturday, July 31.
The last day of public swimming for the season will be Wednesday, Aug. 18.
District residents interested in enjoying the pool will need to bring proof of residency and pay a fee of $5 per person per visit.
Four lanes of the pool will be available for open swimming and two lanes will be open for lap swimming only. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Swimmers with flotation devices must be within an arm’s reach of a supervising adult. Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation devices will be allowed.
The aquatic center was closed for the past year because of COVID.
Opened in the early 1960s, the six-lane pool was unused for years, damaged by a leak in 2010 and having fallen into disrepair. Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton made it a priority to open it – and to offer times for the public to enjoy it – when he took his position in 2014. Those plans were helped greatly in July 2015, when Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow announced the allocation of $1 million in state funds for repairs.
The renovations were completed in December 2017, and the pool was opened to families and District residents in July, 2018. When the pandemic reached the region, the pool was closed to the community – until now.
“We hope people from across the city will come enjoy the Mount Vernon High School pool,” Dr. Hamilton said. “It is a wonderful amenity, and we are happy to make it available to our residents.”