Everyone Can Learn To Swim
Swimming lessons are given this summer at the Muncy Pool which is the only public pool in the Hughesville, Muncy and Montgomery areas.
The pool was originally built in 1963 and named after Dr. Rudolph Patrizio. He wanted the community to have a safe place to swim because there were several river drownings that took place prior to the construction of the pool.
Over the years several renovations have been made. “A pool is extremely expensive to maintain,” says Woodrow Fry who has been manager of the pool for nine years. Before I came on board, the pool was almost ready to close for good,” he added. But before it could happen, several local service organizations in the community raised funds and made monetary contributions to keep it functioning. Some of the businesses who helped were the Jaycees, the Lions Club, the borough and Muncy Bank and Trust.
In 2002, Thomas Ruhl, a former Muncy resident, was president of the pool board and he was able to obtain a $25,000 grant from Representative Brett Feese, who was State Representative at the time. There had been several leaks and the grant helped the community to hire a concrete company to repair the many leaks.
“We are constantly making improvements to the pool,” says Fry. One of our major purchases was a pool cover. This helps retain the heat in the pool. We cover it every night before closing at 7 p.m.”
Most of the funding to maintain the pool comes from local the Margaret Waldron Foundation, Muncy townships and boroughs. Each year municipalities and school districts raise funds and in return, Muncy residents can get free swim lessons.
Bill Weiler, a Muncy resident, is a long time volunteer and can often be seen at the pool helping with maintenance and keeping it clean and safe for all who use it.
The pool is used extensively according to Fry. Starting at 9 a.m. when the swim team arrives, followed by swim lessons and then the pool opens at 1 p.m. to the public. Often there are pool parties in the evening and Little League teams like to use it for pool parties on weekends. The Tri-Town swim team also uses it four nights during the week.
There are fifteen employees, both full time and part time and there are always three certified lifeguards on duty.
The pool is open 7 days a week during the season starting with Memorial Weekend and closes over Labor Day Weekend.
July 6 – July 17
July 27 – August 7
Monday through Friday from 10:15 to 11:15 and 11:30 to noon.
Registration is required and forms are available at the pool to sign up. There are two morning sessions to choose from and class size is limited.