Merrimack YMCA pool reopens tonight

The newly renovated swimming pool at the Merrimack branch of the YMCA of Greater Nashua, at 6 Henry Clay Drive, is ready for some fun that’s wet, and perhaps a little wild with games, prizes and raffles.

The pool will reopen tonight (Friday, Dec. 1), after six months and $2 million in improvements. A free Family Pool Party is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Stay for lap swims and recreational swimming until 9:30 p.m.

Come back to the pool tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 2, for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a Community Open House, which will feature raffles, prizes and games, along with snacks and fun for all ages.

Mike LaChance, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Nashua, said amenities include new family dressing rooms, saunas and steam rooms, plus water features for kids that include an overhead water curtain and sprays.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this new pool to the community,” LaChance said. “The Y has been in Merrimack since 1992 and it was time to make a reinvestment in the community.”

LaChance said that some 32,000 people are engaged in local YMCA programs, every year. A focus on improving health and well-being among children and teens is a priority and one he said is well fulfilled through the many levels of swim instruction offered at both pools.

YMCA members Edward and Loretta Fleming, of Merrimack, patronized the Merrimack branch for more than 10 years as they readied each season for participation in the Granite State Senior Games. Loretta, 89, competed throughout high school. As an adult, she has become a senior swim champion with dozens of trophies and medals.

The pair last competed in the 85-89 age bracket and have vied for honors in two National Senior Games – St. Louis and Cleveland. Edward, 90, most often undertook a 5K bike ride and the 50- and 100-yard dashes.

“I’m so glad the pool is open again,” said Loretta. “I had to go to Nashua to do laps until now. Staying healthy is important to both of us.”

LaChance added that it’s important to learn how to swim. He said swimming offers a high degree of self-

confidence that can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and water safety.

“We are collectively the country’s largest provider of swim instruction for children,” said LaChance. “Drowning is the second-leading cause of death (after accidents) for children, so swim instruction is very important.”

Information on classes and memberships at the YMCA of Greater Nashua’s Merrimack and Nashua facilities can be had online: nmymca.org.

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