Still room for people in city of Merced's swim classes

July 8, 2013 

CW McNamara Pool Opening

CHRISTOPHER WINTERFELDT/ Children rushed to jump in and have some fun in the pool during the opening of the McNamara Park Pool on Thursday (6-13-13) in Merced. The City of Merced, partnering with the Central Valley Red Cross, hosted a pool party celebrating the opening of McNamara Pool for the summer season. The pool was open an extra hour to allow for more swimming during the day. Entrance to the pool was free, with the cost being paid for by the Red Cross. The party began at noon with a free hot dog feed, and the pool was open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies for the pool began at 1:30 p.m. with comments from City officials, other local officials, and representatives of the Red Cross and Pacific Gas and Electric. The Red Cross used a grant from PG&E to help fund the event.


— There is still room in the city of Merced's swim lesson program.

Classes are for kids from 6 months to 12 years old and cost $10. Lessons are at McNamara Pool in the mornings and at Merced High School in the evenings. Lessons are being held from Monday through July 18, with the final session July 22 through Aug. 1 at both locations.

The reduced price swim lessons are made possible by a donation from the Swim 4 Jaylin Scholarship Fund through United Way of Merced County and also funding from First 5 of Merced County.

Sign up now by going to; drop by City Hall at 678 W. 18th St.; or call (209) 385-6855.

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