Pool is big attraction in hot weather


June 22, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Swimming pools were created for those who love summer. In Hampstead, the town pool on Sugar Maple Street is a mecca for summer swimmers.

"We've had tons of people!" says Hampstead pool manager Amy Bair. "With this hot weather, we've been packed solid with a good 30 to 50 people from noon to 6 p.m. and then people showing up after dinner for a couple of hours."

The 89,000-gallon pool and adjacent 1,300-gallon baby pool are open daily from noon to 8 p.m. Daily walk-in admission is $4 for those 12 and older, and $2 for those under 12.

Family memberships are $150 and single memberships are $75.

Parking is available on both sides of Sugar Maple Street.

As in the past, markers are given for those who pay daily admission so they can leave and return for additional swimming the same day.

For family fun, small inner tubes, water wings and the like are permitted in the pool's shallow end, and sponge balls (no tennis balls) are permitted, providing the toys and tubes do not disturb other swimmers.

"We have a lot of new members, which is nice because you can tell we're expanding," says Ms. Bair. "A lot of people have discovered the pool although they've lived here 10 years.

"Anyone is welcome, from all over the county. One member comes from Westminster because she likes our staff and our facility."

Starting Monday, Red Cross water safety instructors will give swimming lessons for ages 5 through adult (private lessons are available for adults). Daily half-hour lessons are given weekday mornings at a cost of $30 per two-week session. Lessons for a second family member cost $25.

Red Cross swimming cards will be issued upon completion.

Lessons will be given throughout the summer, always in the morning so the pool can be opened for public use in the afternoon.

A full schedule is available at the pool.

During public pool hours, a concession stand and soda machines are available. Two to three lifeguards are on duty.

"We've been renovating," said Ms. Bair, who is in her third year of managing the pool. "We have vents in the bathroom and have painted the fence shiny new."

Ms. Bair received her bachelor's degree in May from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. She plans to become a sports psychologist.

"I grew up by a pool. It's naturally progressed into lifeguarding and now pool management," she said. "I have a great interest in sports, and hope to get my doctorate in sports psychology and practice at the professional level."

Employing sports psychologists is a recent trend in professional sports, she said. Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan retained a sports psychologist after being attacked during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this year.

During college, Ms. Bair spent a semester in Australia working under a sports psychologist and hopes to return with her professional degree to begin her career.

"The whole lifestyle in Australia is recreational-sports oriented," she said. "When you meet someone, they mention what sports they play."

And swimming?

"I thoroughly enjoyed every beach I could get on over there," she said.

Information: Hampstead Pool, 374-4665.


"People are just coming out of the woodwork to use our park this summer," says Dan Bowles, president of the Hampstead Lions Club. "It's a lovely place, with five baseball fields, a playground, swing sets, two horseshoe pits, two pavilions and two bathrooms."

The 25-acre Lions Club Park is on Hillcrest Street in Hampstead. It is free to the public and is provided as a community service by the Lions Club.

To finance maintenance costs for the park, the Lions have an unusual source of revenue. A three-member committee collects and recycles aluminum cans. Every two weeks, Lions members Dick Murray, Mike Rhoten and Babe Claggett collect about 800 pounds of cans from receptacles placed in Hampstead. Their work nets the club around $4,000 per year.

"We're very pleased with the response of the community [who put useful cans into Lions recycling bins] and hope it will continue because we put the money right into the park," said Mr. Bowles. "Even the county commissioners have commended us for this project in an informal way, suggesting we collect the county office cans, too."

There are four Lions Club receptacles. One is on the town parking lot near the post office, another is on a grassy field near Ace Hardware. There's one at Bauerlein Meats on Carroll Street, and a fourth at Lions Park.

Aluminum cans deposited for waste hauler collection do not benefit the Lions' effort.

"We've had the park since the mid-'50s," said Mr. Bowles, "and we're tickled to death to provide it for the community. It does take a lot of our time and money. We appreciate any help from the community."

Everyone is welcome to use the Lions Club Park, free of charge, but the Lions will accept monetary donations as well as aluminum cans.

To reserve any part of Lions Park: Mr. Bowles, 239-3550.

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