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Opening of North Side Pool makes big splash with youths

Published: Thu, June 17, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

Opening of North Side Pool makes big splash with youths





Lamar Robinson, 13, of Youngstown does a flip from the diving board at North Side Pool shortly after the pool opened Wednesday. The opening was made possible thanks to funding through the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership.


Jason Martin, 12, of Youngstown emerges from the cool water of North Side Pool.


Lifeguard Lea Shivers keeps a close watch on swimmers at North Side Pool on Wednesday afternoon. The pool opened for the summer and will remain open until Aug. 11.

Gray clouds gave way to blue skies just in time for the opening of North Side Pool.

About 25 youths waving towels and toting backpacks waited for the doors to the Belmont Avenue facility to open Wednesday.

“I’m here to have fun and swim because it’s hot,” said Malik Everson of Youngstown as she patiently waited for her chance to swim.

Malik, 12, enjoys swimming at North Side every year, she said, and was mad when she heard it might not open this year.

“I probably would have asked my mom to buy one of those pools that go in your yard,” she said.

But she’s glad North Side opened again.

“It’s fun, and it’s a good place to go when you’re bored,” she said.

Facing a budget shortfall, the city eliminated funding for its pools and summer youth-recreation programs this year.

However, the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership offered to use $450,950 of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 money to open North Side.

City officials had previously given incorrect amounts of $250,000 and $300,000.

The state agreed to a request by MYCAP to use the $450,950 for the pool and recreation programs.

Capone Haywood, 10, is glad they did.

“It’s really fun,” the Youngstown boy said. “You can come here when it’s really hot and you’re bored, because you can get wet over here, jump off the diving board and stuff.”

Capone said his favorite part of the pool is the diving board.

Within half an hour of the pool’s opening, about 40 kids jumped off the diving board and splashed through the streams of water shooting from splash pads.

Many yelled to friends that the water was cold. But that didn’t stop them from jumping in again.

Keishea Buggs, 16, had never been to North Side Pool. She attended opening day with cousins and friends.

“It’s fun,” said Keishea, of Youngstown. “This pool has a lot of things you can play with. And all my friends are here. I’m having fun.”

If the pool hadn’t opened, she would have found another place to swim, Keishea said, but it probably would have been inside.

“The sun and the water at the same time feels good to me,” she said.

The pool is open from 1 to 8 p.m. daily through Aug. 11 and free to the public. As a condition of using the ARRA money, the city cannot charge admission to the pool.


1palbubba(746 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Estimates of $250000, $300000, $450950 do you have to wonder why the city is in financial trouble. from 250000 to 450950 is an 80% variance. These estimates must have come from the citys brainiac department. I'm sure they were all educated at Youngstown City schools.

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2lefty83(313 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Put some of this cash into BORTS.These neighbors deserve better.

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3LogicAndGrammar(19 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Now it's nearly a HALF MILLION dollars to open a pool for TWO MONTHS?!? Unbelievable!

Stimulus money hard at work.

Kids, enjoy playing at the pool now, because those of you who work when you get older will be paying for it for a long time!

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4Lark(9 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

How long will it be before a huge fight breaks out or the pool is trashed some night?

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5mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm glad that these children have some place to go.I don't mind spending my tax dollars,for children to have some fun.I'm sure that for many,this is the only vacation that they will get.Why all the negativity?

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6Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm a Youngstown City Schools graduate and I now am a finalcial advisor to Fortune 500 companies. I don't know what high horse you rode in on, but you need to reconsider what you say and think because it is so far off the truth that you must be living in a closed off alternate reality. The Youngstown City schools offer a great educational experience as well as diverse conditions where children and adults both are able to have real life experience. Every workplace has these same conditions of multiple races, sexes, and beliefs. Do not sit there behind your anonymous name and point fingers and name call. We all know presently there is a problem with schools across the entire area, but to pinpoint a specific school system is ludicrous. Some of these families can't afford private school, nor have the physical ability to be recomended for private school scholarships (yes, Ursaline and Mooney both offer money to athletes). Maybe if people were a little more respectful and caring, we could teach the troubled youths in the area about discipline, respect, and good old fashion hard work.

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7mikeymike(469 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I would rather spend my hard earn tax dollars,for American children,than for some country,that wants to destory us.We are going to be taxed,so what is the harm,in opening a city pool.

I don't really understand how some people,always have a negative,mean attitude.Some of you are negative 100% of the time,enjoy life,once in awhile.

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8lagall71(1 comment)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Dive in and have fun! Good for the kids.

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