Town requiring ID for pool usage

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by ANDREA KIMBRIEL
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Swimmers at the Clarence Town Pool will need photo identification cards once the pool opens, weather permitting, on June 20.

The procedure updates were made by the Town Board in conjunction with the Recreation Department, said Chris Durr, pool director and assistant recreation director.

Durr said this is something other towns have done, and it was instituted for a number of reasons.

“It’s a combination of residency rules for the use of the pool, safety concerns, knowing who’s using the pool, knowing how many people use the pool on a specific day,” he said.

Season and family passes were previously available, but the new photo identification requirements will apply to everyone, he said.

Information about obtaining pool passes will be online at www.clarence.ny.us, under departments – recreation.

The residency requirements remain the same — the pool is open to Clarence residents and visitors accompanied by a town resident.

Durr said pool users must purchase a pool pass, which the town is considering using in the future for other things, such as Youth Bureau and Recreation activities.

The fees have risen slightly after remaining stable for about six years. Senior citizens can use the pool for free once they purchase an identification card for $2, said Durr.

Children taking swimming lessons must now purchase a child’s season pass for $20, he said. According to Durr, the swimming lesson program has attracted an average of 300 to 350 children.

A central check-in area has been constructed in front of the pool, and there have been discussions about replacing the pool lining and dealing with other issues at some point, he said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 7 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Once the pool opens, people can call 759-8550 for more information. Prior to that, questions can be directed to Clifford Trapper at 407-2162. Information will also be online at www.clarence.ny.us.

2011-06-01 / Local News

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