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City of Lakeland’s Monthly Newsletter May 2012 30290-I-0111 SPLISHIN’ & SPLASHIN’ ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS TO KEEP YOU COOL THIS SUMMER IN THIS ISSUE Solar Hot Water Heaters: Cut Spending — Save Energy Law Enforcement Memorial Honors Crispin Meet Bob Donahay: Parks & Recreation Director Summertime is almost here. If you’re looking for a great way to cool off in the heat, then look no further. The City of Lakeland has a cure for those summer heat waves! The City’s Parks and Recreation Department has several great ways to get out of the heat—take a dive into one of the City’s great public pools: Gandy Pool (at Kelly Recreation Complex) or Simpson Pool (at Simpson Park). Swimming Lessons In a state with 2,000 miles of coastline, 11,000 miles of rivers, streams & waterways and thousands of lakes, retention ponds, backyard pools and waterparks, the importance of learning to swim in Florida cannot be overstated. Florida has the highest drowning death rate in the US for children ages 1-4 years old. Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. Teaching children to swim is a vital skill for drowning prevention, along with other key water safety measures that everyone can take to stay safe in and around the water. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to learn how to swim. The City’s Aquatics staff is prepared to help your children (or you) become great swimmers in just a few short lessons. Classes are offered throughout the summer. Visit lakelandgov. net/parkrec for more information on swimming lessons or to download a registration form. Club Splash – August 6-10 Dreaming of a week of splishin’ and splashin’? Club Splash is five full days of aquatic activities from outdoor fun to aquatic education. Space is limited to 20 spots. Participants must be between 10 and 15 years of age and be able to swim. Cost is $100 for the week. For more information, please contact Gandy Pool, 863-834-3157. Dive-In Movies Just like the Drive-In, but wetter! Pack your picnic basket and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of movie watching at Gandy Pool or Simpson Pool. Bring your floats, rafts and inner tubes for an enjoyable night of movie watching in the pool. Free popcorn and drinks are served. GANDY POOL JUNE 22 – DOLPHIN TALE | AUGUST 17 – ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS CHIPWRECKED SIMPSON POOL JULY 27 – CARS 2 Getting To Know Your Library The cost is $3.00 per person or use of “20-visit” pass (Gandy Pool) or “Splash 25 Pass” (Simpson Pool). All movies shown are rated G or PG and are subject to change. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers are permitted. Coolers are subject to search before admittance to facility. Please call 834-3157 for more information. These are just some of the great activities that the City’s Aquatics team has scheduled for the summer. To find out about all of the activities planned, pick up a copy of PLAYMAKER (Directory of Parks, Programs and Special Events) or view it online at 228 S. Massachusetts Ave Lakeland, FL 33801 863.834.6000

May 2012 Access Lakeland

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