“We want them to have a place to cool off. We also want kids at a young age to learn to swim,” said Stephen Glorioso, park commissioner for the Cleveland Park Commission.
He also said swimming is a recreational activity that can be a part of an individuals recommended amount of daily exercise.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity.
Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses.
This can also lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease.
Swimmers have about half the risk of death compared with inactive people.
Individuals can also exercise longer in water than on land without increased effort or joint or muscle pain.
The pool was originally built in 1970, but was renovated after a pipe burst under the foundation last year.
The new pool will have water features, such as sprinkler ports that will enable non-swimmers to enjoy the water and have fun.
Inclement weather slowed down construction of the pool some but Glorioso said he hopes the pool will be open for kids to enjoy by July 7.
The pool's hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Children between the ages of 0 -12 will be allowed to take part in pool activities from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and from 3 – 6 p.m. for all other age groups.
Children under 10 are required to be accompanied by an adult.
Proper swim attire is required, and guests must bring their own towels.
Glorioso said there is a fee but the price has not been determined.
For more information, contact the Cleveland Park Commission at 662-846-6605.