York-area pools hoping for a warmer, drier summer

DAVID WEISSMAN
YorkDispatch

Memorial Day weekend will once again serve as the unofficial start of the pool season in York County, where several area clubs will open their establishments on Saturday.

Despite the recent thunderstorms, the clubs' owners are optimistic that sunny, pool-enjoyable days are ahead for the summer.

"Since winter ended, the weather has looked really good," said Leslie Templeton, co-owner of Wisehaven Swimming Pool in Windsor Township. "I've even heard it's going to be an extra-long summer."

In the short term, The National Weather Service currently forecasts a sunny Saturday opening, with a high near 69. Sunday looks even better, with a high near 78, while Memorial Day might be a wet one with a chance of thunderstorms and 30 percent chance of precipitation, according to the NWS.

Templeton and other club owners are all really hoping for a turnaround from the last two unseasonably cool and rainy summers. Patty Jacobs, co-owner of Lincolnway Swimming Pool and Sports Club in West Manchester Township, said the unfortunate weather had been tough on her business.

"All we can do is just hope for not a lot of rain and hot weather," Jacobs said.

More than swimming: To help combat the unpredictability of the weather and its effect on people's willingness to use the pool, most of these businesses offer other forms of entertainment.

Russ Jacobs, in his 23rd year as owner of Green Valley Swimming Pool in West Manchester Township, said his club also features basketball and tennis courts and grills free for members to use on the property.

At Lincolnway, Jacobs said the club had recently added a ga-ga pit, which she described as knee-high dodgeball within a hexagon. The idea came from seeing Jacobs' children enjoy the game during camp and in the playground, she said.

Wisehaven's major project since last summer was refurbishing the water slide, which Templeton said looked great.

Jacobs really summed up all the owners' expectations for the coming season: "It all depends on the weather."