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Hampden pool plans water carnival

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HAMPDEN - The Lura Hoit Pool in Hampden is about to do something it has never done since opening its doors back in 1995. The pool, located on Western Avenue, is hosting its first-ever water carnival. The event is a way to thank all those who use the facility while also generating new business.

"The pool board and I talked about wanting to do something like an end of the summer bash to get the word out to people and raise awareness that we're here," explained Darcey Peakall, pool director.

And that's when the idea of a water carnival full of family fun pool races, prizes and food was born.

"We have games where you sit on a noodle and race across the pool. We'll also have doggie paddle races between kids and their parents. And since we only have three lanes, we've got first, second and third place ribbons for participants," said Peakall.

Each month the pool accommodates over 3,000 patrons with its aquatic exercise classes, swim lessons, family swim sessions and party rentals. Anne Gabbianelli is one of the facility's long time members who would love to see others benefit from the pool.

"I have been frequenting the pool just shy of 10 years, and while I do enjoy a good workout with aerobics, I also enjoy the socialization that comes with being in such a great environment," said Gabbianelli.

According to the town's website, fees and memberships generate almost half of the Lura Hoit Pool's operating costs. Proceeds from this weekend's water carnival will also be used towards the pool's operating and overhead costs.

"We're hoping this [carnival] will generate more registrations for our swim lessons and fall session classes that start on Sept. 7," said Peakall. "I'm also hoping this will become an annual event."

The Lura Hoit Pool water carnival will take place Sunday, Aug. 24 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Those 12 and younger must have an adult in the building. For more information, call 862-4305.


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