Written by Michael Scro, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00In the scorching and humid summer weather that has reached mid 90s, residents of Plainview and Old Bethpage have been making good use of the outdoor swimming pool at Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park.
In an effort to help residents cope with the extreme heat, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano had extended the closing times to various outdoor swimming pools, saying: “Nassau County’s outdoor pools provide residents with a terrific place to exercise, have fun and beat the heat, and with the temperatures climbing to particularly oppressive levels we’re going to provide two extra hours of relief.”
While Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park was not one of them, residents can enjoy the pool until 6 p.m. through June 28, 9 p.m. until August 25, 8 p.m. until September 1 and 6 p.m. until Labor Day when pools close for the season.
The Herald visited Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park last week, and found over a dozen families enjoying the ice cold olympic size pool.
A Plainview mother and her two children below age 10 said they had been in the pool almost two hours. With her kids padding and learning how to swim, she said the pool provides “a great escape for the heat - we’re a minute away from here, and with this weather, its the place to be.”
With lanes set apart, residents can utilize the pool for exercise, or use the free area of the pool to dive and splash the heat away.