Community pool offers variety of programs



The pool offers several out-of-water activities.
By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
HUBBARD -- The Hubbard Community Pool has been a part of the community for more than three decades, but operators want the community to know the facility is about far more than just taking a leisurely swim.
Bonnie Harrison, vice president of the pool board, said the pool was created in 1975. It has been a fixture here since that time, but it did close for renovations in 2003 and reopened in 2005. The pool received a new roof, ventilation system, electrical work and fire system.
Harris said many in the area may not know the pool is open with a variety of programs. Members do not have to live in Hubbard. The pool is funded through a 1-mill operating levy and membership fees.
Harris said the pool maintains its open swim times, learn-to-swim programs and private swimming lessons. The pool also is home to several swim teams, but Craig Yaniglos, aquatic director, said the pool is looking at doing more things out of the water.
"One of the main things we are trying to work on now is to maximize and do things out of the pool," Yaniglos said. "We understand that some people don't like to work out in the water, so we are trying to create that comfortable, close-by atmosphere for those people."
Various programs
Yaniglos said the Silver Sneaker program, where chair aerobics are combined with balls, stretch bands and weights, has proved to be a successful out-of-water activity. Participants must be at least 65 and have an insurance plan that accommodates the program.
He added there is also a Tai Chi class for arthritis and a Latin-based Zumba aerobics dance class. The classes, Yaniglos said, are meant to target various segments of the population.
"We will be the only place in the area to offer this Tai Chi class," he said. "Zumba is more for the twenty- and thirtysomethings. We are trying to target that age group to come in."
Yaniglos said the Hubbard Pool is one of the few remaining community pools of its type. He said it affords its members the opportunity to exercise in or out of a pool setting.
"Water therapy has become the latest trend right now because of the added health benefits," he said. "The biggest benefit of this facility to the community is the ability to come in and work out in and out of the pool. It's the best of both worlds."
The Hubbard Pool can be reached at (330) 534-1921, Ext. 4.
jgoodwin@vindy.com

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