Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Baltimore City's Municipal Swimming Pools: The Coolest Game in Town on a Hot Summer Day

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Baltimore City's Municipal Swimming Pools: The Coolest Game in Town on a Hot Summer Day

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Amidst the backdrop of an urban landscape -- skyscrapers, row houses, sirens from fire engines/ police cars, and the bustling sounds of traffic you will find the "coolest game in Baltimore City" on a hot summers day.... municipal swimming pools. In an era where the challenges of operating in an urban environment have proven too great for many municipalities, the Department of Recreation and Parks Aquatics Division has prevailed and is striving to expand the aquatic horizons of the citizens of Baltimore. Although we must contend with adversities associated with operating in a metropolitan area, we continue to offer safe swimming environments and well-rounded aquatic experiences.

Issues such as vandalism, "after hour" swimming, and disciplinary issues, face us with each day of operation. Creative measures have been implemented to address these and other issues that has essentially deterred productivity in most cities and enables us to focus our energy on programs offered and the delivery of service. With the staggering cost and manpower required to undo the acts of vandals (cut fences, stolen equipment, debris in the pool water, etc.), we had to take action. A partnership with the Baltimore City Police Department, which encouraged the arrest and prosecution of vandals and "night swimmers," has drastically reduced such incidents. Equally effective has been the assigning of off-duty, uniformed police officers to each location during operational hours. The presence of a police officer allows us to "watch the water" without distraction as well as assure the safety of staff and patrons using our pools. While our actions may be perceived as drastic by many, we have removed many of the stigmas, stereotypes, and hazards that were associated with our facilities.

Approximately one third of Baltimore City's 750,000 residents patronize the municipal swimming pools during the summer swim season. During the period of June - September, twenty one swimming pools and twenty one wading pools are operated to provide a cool outlet for abundant energy. Four-teen outdoor and three indoor swimming pools (Size: 25 yd., 6 lane) are located within residential areas. Our four largest swimming pool facilities (Size: 75 yd., x 25 yd., 25 yd., 6 lane deep tank) are located in the City's major park areas. Our wading pools are 0 depth facilities with sprinkles or interactive water play features. Approximately 300 seasonal employees are hired to operate our facilities and sustain our many programs.

Programs offered during the summer season both educate and provide a fun swimming experience for the general public. …

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