Old Colony YMCA opens outdoor pool and wading pool in Redbrook
PLYMOUTH – Summer has started well in South Plymouth with the opening of a new swimming pool and wading pool at the Old Colony YMCA branch of Plymouth in the community of Redbrook.
The preschoolers helped officials cut the ribbon for the new Olympic pool, then headed straight to the wading pool last Thursday morning. Judging by the cheers and squeals, it should be a popular spot for summer years to come.
The grand opening marks the start of the second phase of development for the Plymouth YMCA. In 2015, the Y opened a fitness center and daycare center in the village near Wareham Road. The swimming pool will eventually be closed for winter use.
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The YMCA also plans to build a dedicated daycare center for another 150 children.
The new pool will serve the YMCA’s ongoing partnership with local schools.
The YMCA made a commitment to teach local children about water and boating safety in 2017, and each spring all second-graders take the safety classes, including an introductory swimming lesson.
Classes have been held at Camp Clark for the past several years. Some local schools have also already completed this year’s course there, but three elementary schools are due to visit next week. The pool will generally be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., but will open at 2 p.m. the week of June 21 (Tuesday through Friday) to accommodate the school program.
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State Rep. Mathew Muratore, R-Plymouth, a resident of South Plymouth, helped cut the ribbon Thursday.
Muratore recalled when Redbrook was still conceptual and thanked the developers and Old Colony YMCA for making life-changing improvements for people who live in the area.
“There was nothing like it out there, and I really thank you from the bottom of my heart for making that a reality in 2015 and for what you continue to do,” Muratore said. “You don’t know what you’re doing to change people’s lives here.”
The wading pool is named in honor of the late Dr. Andy Miller, who championed fundraising efforts to ensure children could attend summer camp at Camp Clark.
“Andy’s goal was to give all the kids a chance to experience summer at Camp Clark,” said YMCA Old Colony President Vinnie Marturano. “His love of children was just remarkable.”