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End-of-summer pool party this weekend in LP

August 21, 2012

Lone Pine Memorial Plunge swim instructor Charles James’ students take the first slippery trips down the new water slide on Aug. 17. Swimmies and noodles won’t be the only floats the public can enjoy at the upcoming end-of-summer free swim day party on Saturday, Aug. 25. – free ice cream floats and hot dogs will be on the menu, too. Photo by Charles James

The Lone Pine Memorial Plunge celebrates the end of summer and the installation of a brand-new water slide with free fun, food and floats for the whole family.
“We’ve done this (party) every year for about eight years or so,” swim instructor and pool manager Charles James said.
Pool party-goers are welcome to “bring their own aquatic toys,” on Saturday, Aug. 25 for the party which will go from 1-5 p.m. Root beer or orange ice cream floats and hot dogs with all the fixings will be featured on the menu of free festivity foods. Some inner tubes, kick boards, noodles, snorkels and masks and life vests will also be available, said James who has also served at Lone Pine memorial plunge pool manager and swim instructor this summer. And, of course, there will be lifeguards, said James.
The star of the show will be brand-new, 12-foot, serpentine water slide, which has been made possible by a Lone Pine benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. The water slide was “safety tested” on Aug. 17 by 4- to 5-year-old swim students, said James, who is also the Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County program coordinator. These youngsters’ swim classes are funded by First 5 grant and Lone Pine School District.
Although the free family swim day marks the end of the summer swim season, the Lone Pine Unified School District announced that the Lone Pine Memorial Plunge will remain open up through Aug. 26, keeping regular pool hours of 1-5 p.m. “The pool is a comfortable 76 degrees Fahrenheit,” states the press release. “Funding is provided through the Summer Youth Employment Program, which is funded by Metabolic Studios.”
James said that the public can look forward to some new additions to the Lone Pine Memorial Plunge next summer – another water slide in the deep end and a mushroom fountain in the kiddie pool.
The pool has been supported by summer youth program partners: Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County; Lone Pine Unified School District; Owens Valley Unified School District; McDonald’s of Lone Pine; Metabolic Studio; Inyo County Office of Education; Inyo County Sheriff’s Department; and Lone Pine businesses and youth supporters.
For more information, contact Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County at (760) 876-1011, or the pool on Tuesdays through Saturdays after 1 p.m., at (760) 876-5040.

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