For many people in the Ohio Valley, there may not be a better way to beat the summer heat than a trip to the pool, but for persons with disabilities that can be too overwhelming.
That’s why Four Seasons Pool is hosting a a few Family Swim NIghts throughout the summer, so everyone can enjoy the water.
“Every day!,” that’s the answer seven-year-old Emmalee gave when 7News asked how much she liked swimming.
If it was up to her, she would do it everyday, but for many people with disabilities it’s just not possible.
“Often times public pools get over crowded, loud, over stimulating, the water splashing, things like that,” said Shelby Haines, Marshall County Schools Director of Special Programs. “We wanted to give persons with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the pool just like everyone else.”
Marshall County Schools and the City of Moundsville are giving persons of all ages with disabilities and the families the chance to swim, splash and laugh.
“It’s a very good opportunity for us to have some people out here that normally couldn’t come out here,” explained Rico Coville, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Moundsville. “Love to see people smile and hopefully they’ll come out here and enjoy our pool.”
For these families, it’s something special to experience together.
“This is absolutely amazing,” said Kathy White, who brought her twins Emmalee and Levi to the pool. “We wouldn’t have any other way to get them in the water. For us to have an opportunity to come where it’s just special needs is what we really, really appreciate.”
Family Swim Night isn’t just for Marshall County residents, those from surrounding counties are welcome too.
“We’re excited about being able to bring them again for the next two weeks before school starts,” White added. “We’ll have a blast!”
Family Swim Night will also take place at Four Seasons Pool on July 25 and August 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free as long as you pre-register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 304-843-4400 ex.318.
Four Seasons Pool is located at 300 Mulberry Avenue in Moundsville.