Salem Parks aiming to open pool by June 10

SALEM – The target date for opening the Centennial Park pool is June 10, with Salem Parks Director Steve Faber explaining personnel have been repainting lines and cleaning up the filter system.

Once the painting is done, which he’s hoping to finish this weekend, they’ll have to wait seven days before they can fill the pool with water. As for lifeguards, he said they’re in good shape, although they can always use more and he encouraged anyone with lifeguard certification to apply. Last year’s opening was delayed by a lack of certified lifeguards.

Faber told members of the Salem Parks Commission during their meeting Wednesday that if they can keep all the equipment working, such as the pumps and filters, they shouldn’t have to empty the water from the pool for five or six years after completing this work.

“It’s an inconvenience now that should pay off in the long haul,” he said.

In other business, Commission Chairman John Panezott said they’ve had some vandalism in the parks again, with a sign torn down and thrown in the duck pond and a porta-jon tipped over at Waterworth Memorial Park. He urged anyone who’s in the parks to call police if they see anything happening or see something suspicious. He even suggested using a cell phone to take a photo of a license plate on a suspicious vehicle.

He said the police department is doing its best for them.

Commission members were updated on some upcoming events, with the annual car show planned for the evening of June 21 at Centennial Park and the Summer Arts & Crafts in the Park set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22, also at Centennial Park.

Faber said they’re working with the Tri-State Antique Car Club and the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association on details for the car show, including food and a disc jockey. They’re also looking for sponsors and expect to have a Chinese Auction.

Parks Foreman Jim Grimm reported the recent plant exchange was successful, with the parks gaining 35 plants in all, with 15 varieties. The plants have been planted and the crew has been planting flowers, doing general maintenance, filling holes, painting lines for soccer and baseball and working on the fountains at the duck pond. He installed new shelves and a donated countertop at the concession stand at Waterworth Memorial Park.

Recreation Supervisor Shane Franks said the summer basketball league for high school and up is starting soon, with a meeting for coaches set at 7 tonight at the Memorial Building. He’s also trying to get a women’s league started for summer basketball. Anyone interested can call 330-332-5512.

A youth fishing event at the Salem Lake was postponed, but will be rescheduled as part of Franks’ effort to spur interest in activities at the lake. He also talked about trying to develop a youth activities program at the parks this summer that’s both educational and fun.

Salem City Councilwoman Cyndy Baronzzi Dickey, who chairs the Parks Committee of city council, attended the meeting and told the commission members to think about any projects they may have in mind. City council agreed Tuesday to place some of the shale money received for leases in a council contingency fund council members could use for small projects up to $10,000 or more if two councilman combined for a larger project.

She also asked them to check into estimates for what it would cost for a dog park.

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