HONESDALE—On July 7, the Honesdale Borough Pool held its annual Open House from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of its summer swimming season.
Community members were invited to an evening of free swimming, music, food, aquatic fun and games for all ages.
According to Michaela Konzman – one of the pool managers and a coordinator for the event – the pool received a swell of community support for their event including food donations from Pennsyltucky Grill, Pizza Hut, Gretchen's Grotto, Two Guys From Italy, Elegante Restaurant & Pizzeria, Primo's Pizza, Weiss Markets, Dave's Foodtown, Department 13, McDonald's, Tick Tocks, Alley Whey Eatery, Alpine Deli, the Red School House and Fiesta on Main.
“We're so grateful that the community is willing to donate and help out,” said Konzman.
She admitted they were all a bit anxious at the start of the year given the uncertain state of the pool's opening.
Anxiety soon turned to relief, however, with the successful funding campaign being spear-headed by the Honesdale Lions Club raising enough money through generous donations of community organizations to fund vital pool maintenance procedures, many of which are set to take place in the fall.
“We love telling people every year that it's open,” said Konzman.
Fellow manager and open house organizer Tristan Protzman shared Konzman's gratitude for local help.
“Support from the community is great,” he said.
Protzman stated he'd visited the pool often when he was younger, finding the atmosphere pleasant for all ages.
Since becoming a lifeguard and eventual manager, he said “it's great to see kids here over the summer.”
The Honesdale Borough pool offers swimming lessons and other summer recreational activities seven days a week.
They're open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
A full list of registration fees can be found online at the borough's website.
The borough offers financial assistance to those in need. Applications are available from their website.
Applicants' needs are subject to board review prior to acceptance.
Funds for this program are provided by community donation and are not taken from taxpayer money.
Repairs following the close of the pool include some tiling and cement work, as well as repairs to the filtration system.
Parks & Recreations Chairperson Chris Murray announced at a recent borough council meeting that L.H. Reed & Son's was awarded the bid to perform the filtration system repair at a cost of $30,419.
Funds for this and all other repairs to the pool are being provided courtesy of the pool donation fund established by the Lions Club.
They have raised over $125,000 in donations from local organizations and are still collecting through their account established with the Wayne County Community Foundation.