The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 4, 2014

Crew cleans up Sunnybrook Pool for summer

VALLEY TWP. — Volunteers are cleaning leaves from the wading pool and sweeping and pressure-washing the large pool at Sunnybrook Park in anticipation of opening for another season.

The pool’s permanent handicapped accessible entry is nearly complete. They still need to apply paint sealer and add tile which should be done in time for opening day, June 15, according to park association board president Bonnie Burke.

The project was financed by Montour County funds from the Community Development Block Grant Program and park general funds.

People had trouble using a removable ramp that used to be at the pool.

The new structure is better for handicapped accessibility and it will be easier to clean, Burke said.

The pools will be open from noon to 6 p.m. daily.

After they clean the large pool, volunteers plan to repaint it white, according to long-time volunteer Bob Kirkner.

The large pool, measuring 78 feet by 78 feet in an L-shape, holds 250,000 gallons of water.

Kirkner said water seeps in from springs and underground pressure. Other water to fill the pool can come from the park well.

Volunteers are needed to help get the park ready for the season. Anyone able to help should call Burke at 570-713-8111.

On Tuesday, Chris Malafonte, who will work as a lifeguard, was helping Kirkner vacuum leaves from the wading pool.

“Bob’s always here working,” Burke said of Kirkner, also a park board member.

Also volunteering was board member Ed Young.

Kirkner got involved in the 1970s when he saw a notice in the newspaper where volunteers were needed to clean up the park. “I do it to help keep the park open,” he said.

He also planned to plant some grass seed Tuesday.

Pool admission prices are $5 per person daily.

Family memberships have been reduced to $120 this season because the pool is opening two weeks late due to Danville students still being in school.

If groups of 30 or more use the pool, the admission is reduced to $4 per person.

Eight lifeguards will be employed throughout the season with three pool managers. One manager will be full-time and the others will have fewer hours.

The pools, which also have a concessions stand, will close when school resumes Aug. 25.

This fall, a zero-entry feature will be added to the wading pool. “It should be really nice for the wading pool. We will have a water feature,” Burke said. The park is paying for that project with its general funds.

“We probably broke even last season even though we had a lot of days with thunderstorms when we had to close,” she said.

The park has four pavilions available for rent for events as well as a cabin that can be rented on weekends.

The cabin was refurbished inside, including new wiring, and outside, including painting along with the roof, for two Eagle Scout projects.

Anyone interested in renting pavilions or the cabin should call Burke.

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