An Improved Riverside Park Pool Opens This Saturday

| May 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Riverside Park Pool, along with Cherry Hill Splash Park and the four other Baltimore City Recreation & Parks’ ‘Park Pools,’ will open this Saturday, May 25th for weekend pool hours and Memorial Day. The remaining public neighborhood pools; splash pads, including Solo Gibbs Park; and wading pools will open for full service on June 22nd. The Park Pools will also begin to stay open during the week starting on June 22nd.

The Park Pool hours are as follows:

Monday – Saturday, 12:30-3:30 pm & 4-7 pm

Sunday/Holiday, 1-3 pm & 3:30-6 pm

Admission is $2 per two-hour swim session. Children three and under are free.

Guests can cool off all summer long with a $30 all-access pass.

For opening day on Saturday, the pool will open at 12 pm instead of 12:30 pm.

Additional programs at Riverside Park Pool include Masters Swim and Baby Country Club and they begin on June 22nd:

Masters Swim: $55 (includes general admission)

— Masters Swim is Monday- Thursday, 7-8 pm and Saturday 10-11:45 am

Baby Country Club: $55 per kid, adults are free.

— Baby Country Club is Thursday and Friday from 10 am – 2 pm in the baby pool only. Saturday from 10-11:45 am and Sunday from 11 am -12:45 pm. It is for kids birth  to 8 years old.

The Splash Pads are open:

Monday – Saturday, 12-2:30 pm & 3-5 pm

Sunday/Holiday, Closed

Admission is free for everyone

“In 2018, Baltimore City public pools saw over 150,000 swimmers. These visitors not only enjoyed swimming but a number of our programs from Senior Splash to Twilight Swim,” said Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Executive Director Reginald Moore in a press release. “The range of our aquatic services are constantly evolving and creating new opportunities for swimmers of all levels and abilities.”

The swim season is already off to a much different start for Riverside Park Pool this year. Last year, due to a gate valve failure that led to electrical damage, the pool didn’t open until August 11th. This year the pool will open almost three months earlier and visitors will notice several new improvements thanks to a $49,500 grant from the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership (SBGP) and a volunteer effort from Riverside Neighborhood Association and residents in the South Baltimore community. The initiative is being called “Splash City Riverside Pool” and will be a multi-year project following this first round of improvements.

The Splash City project is headed up by the planning team of Nicole Buchholz, Rebecca Celotto, Rebecca Charlton, and Jackson Fisher.

Improvements this year include power washing the pool deck to remove the chipping green paint, new paint in the lobby, and new murals on the pool deck and bottom of the baby pool. Murals include colorful circles in the deep end for kids to jump from, kids games painted on the concrete surface in a kids’ area, and splash graphics on the surface of the concrete near the shallow end. A mermaid mural was completed in the baby pool area by neighborhood resident Danielle Ritthaler.

The majority of the budget will be spent on new furniture for the pool. New equipment includes 40 new chaise lounges, eight adirondack chairs, 50 outdoor chairs, 10 side tables, four round picnic tables, four trash cans, 15 umbrellas, 15 umbrella stands, kids games, lap lane equipment, colorful pool flags, and furniture for the staff. New banners will be added to advertise the programming and hours of the pool, which the team felt has been lacking.

The team is also collecting water-themed artwork by neighbors and local students to decorate the entrance lobby.

Photos courtesy of the Splash City Riverside Pool

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