published on June 9, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno children can beat the heat this summer with open recreational swimming at five neighborhood pools during the day and the option to swim with their families at night thanks to a $30,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente.

The City of Fresno will provide children with free, daily access to five learner pools from 1-5 p.m. at Fink-White, Pinedale, Quigley, Einstein and Romain Neighborhood Centers. New this year will be family swim nights at each of the pools from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Kaiser Permanente Fresno grant also supports community events at each of the neighborhood pools throughout July to teach residents about healthy eating and the importance of exercising.

The grant will also fund a new junior lifeguard program and free half-hour swim classes at Fink-White, Quigley and Romain. Each pool will have classes in the mornings Monday through Friday before the pools open to the general public at 1 p.m.

This is the fourth year that Kaiser Permanente Fresno has helped the City of Fresno keep neighborhood pools open by providing a grant to Fresno United Neighborhoods, or  “FUN,” a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Fresno, to help maintain and staff the pools.

“We’re so excited to continue supporting these neighborhood pools and offer residents some new programs this summer focused on staying active and healthy,” Kaiser Permanente Fresno Senior Vice President and Area Manager Debbie Hemker, RN, said. “We know having access to these pools every summer helps our community thrive.”

Nearly 30,000 Fresno children are expected to use the pools this summer and participate in some of the other programs being offered. The City of Fresno’s larger pools also will be open this summer and they include Mosqueda, Frank H. Ball, Airways and Mary Ellen Brown.

All of the city pools are open from 1 to 5 p.m. daily from June 13 to August 14, except Airways where the hours are 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The summer swim program was a huge success last year, with more than 25,000 children swimming at five learner pools (Fink-White, Einstein, Quigley, Romain and Pinedale). Nearly 800 children took advantage of the free swim lessons last year.

Kaiser Permanente Fresno also is giving a $17,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County for the “Splash into Summer Nutrition Education and Health” program, which provides physical activities and nutritious snacks at the Fink-White Neighborhood Center.

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