Summer is just around the corner and for most Boyertownian’s that means packing up the beach bag with towels and sunblock for a day at the Boyertown Pool. Crystal clear and as blue as the Mediterranean it may not cross anyone’s mind just how much work it takes to get the pool and that refreshing aqua blue oasis ready for visitors.
As it turns, it takes all hands on deck to get the pool ready for its Memorial Day opener every year. Last year the YMCA had help from Comcast who every year chooses a different community project to get involved with. Comcast sent a team of fifty people to help with all the work but this year the job would fall on the shoulders of far less volunteers.
Coming out to help on Saturday, April 12, was the Boyertown YMCA swim team and a handful of locals. Crawling down inside the pool, workers used rakes, shovels, trash cans and wheel barrels to haul the truck loads of fallen leaves out. The entire surface of the pool would then have to be pressure washed, the grounds cleaned and the bathrooms readied for the season.
Once the pool is fully dry, the inside must be painted before it’s filled with four-hundred and forty thousand gallons of water, this can take days. Following the fill-up the pools water must be balanced, something that can take several more days to get right. Every year I’m crossing my fingers the day before we open praying the water balances in time,” said Aquatic Director for the YMCA Kathy Undercuffler.
Years ago the Borough use to lease the pool to the YMCA but when codes changed and the drainage system was found to be out of date it looked like the pool had seen its last season of fun in the sun. The YMCA who utilized the pool for swim meets amongst many other things felt it in theirs and the pools best interest to buy the pool and make the upgrades themselves.
Since then the responsibility to fund such projects to keep the pool up to code and clean enough for use has fallen to the directors of the YMCA. Not wanting to increase membership fees to afford the pool, the YMCA works hard to fundraise all year every year to foot the bill.
In year recent years upgrades have been made to the drainage system, the baby pool removed and replaced by a splash zone, lounge chairs and shade awnings have been added to the deck and all of this has been accomplished by donor support and fundraising.
In the spirit of good health and healthy living the YMCA again is looking to bring positive change to the pool, this year focusing on the hours of operation and the concession stand menu. Opening the pool and hour earlier means more time to exercise every day and be active. Folks can look to find healthier selections on the menu and in the hope of keeping families at the pool who tend to leave around dinner time, the menu will now have “real” foods rather than simple snacks.
Season passes to the pool are available for both individuals and families and season entrance to the pool is now included in the price of a YMCA membership. Families who struggle economically should not be discouraged from purchasing a YMCA membership as there are discounts available for low income households.