Monday, November 2, 2009

After a Dry Decade, Swift School Swimming Pool to Reopen

It's been long drought for fans of swimming at a north side Chicago school, but water will once again flow in mid-November. Cool, clear water, with a dash of chlorine, should make quite a splash.

Details from the office of 48th Ward Alderman Mary Anne Smith: After being closed for more than ten years, the swimming pool at Swift School, 5900 N. Winthrop, will re-open with a dedication ceremony on Thursday, November 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Community members are welcome to come and tour the new facility. The Senn High School Color Guard will post colors, and there will be performances by the Sullivan High School Steel Band, the Swift Choir and the Swift Band. The event will take place from 5:30-7:30 PM. The pool, pool deck and locker rooms have been completely renovated and made accessible. Funding for the project came from a combination of Aldermanic discretionary funds and the Chicago Public Schools. The pool will be open to the community, but the details have not yet been finalized. "Swift is one of the few elementary schools to have a pool, and it was a shame this asset was unusable," Alderman Smith said. "We invested in this project to create a new resource for our entire community."