Memorial Day means wet, wild opening of Family Pool

As warmer temperatures have blown in this month, staff and members of The J have been increasingly excited about the opening of the family pool on Memorial Day weekend.
While the lap pool has been open for several weeks, visions of splashing around in the kiddie pool, family swim time and noshing on hot dogs from the Dive-in Diner will soon be a reality for members.
Summer memberships at The J are a great option for families with schedules too busy to take advantage of a year-round membership (and are a great opportunity to sample what the facility has to offer for a shorter commitment).
Likewise, shorter-term memberships run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and cost $375 for individuals and $510 for families. Summer members get access to not only aquatics facilities, but all the benefits of a year-round membership, including the fitness center, group exercise classes and a variety of free family programming. Members can look forward to splashing around a Poolside Shabbat, Fourth of July party, and Dive-in Movie.
This year, The J will also improve its sustainable and healthy practices at the pool by introducing recycling bins and adding hummus and veggie packs at the Dive-in Diner from local vendor Naked Hummus.
“It’s been great working with staff and volunteers to identify areas where The J can improve its sustainability,” said Michael Fraade, Director of The J’s JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor Food and Environmental Education) program, “These two initiatives are the happy result of lots of planning and brainstorming. I’m excited to see how they go and to learn how we can use these projects as jumping-off points for even more green initiatives in the future.”
The pool is also home to The J’s Swim School and swim team, which will gear up once the facilities are open.
“This is my fifth summer as aquatics director, and I’m excited for the 2018 summer season,” said Johnny Kimberlin. “We’re looking forward to seeing how The J Swim School grows – and building off the momentum of the great season our JCC Gators swim team had last year.”
The school offers lessons from age 3 months through adult, and the Gators welcome children 5-18 years old.
“We are looking forward to a safe summer, Kimberlin said, “with many memories made in the pool!”

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