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2011 Grant Park Pool Season Starts May 30

By David Ringstrom
The Grant Park Pool will open for the season on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). The pool will remain open through September 5, 2009 (Labor Day). District 1 Councilmember Carla Smith ( will be holding her seventh annual Memorial Day pool party from 2:30pm to 4:30pm on Monday, May 30. Regular pool admission fees apply, but the party will include a DJ, pool games, as well as free hot dogs and other refreshments. New this year, King of Pops will be on the corner of Park Avenue and Berne Street selling gourmet popsicles. In addition, Sabir Muhammad, the most decorated African-American in the sport of swimming, will be signing copies of his children’s book, “Born to Swim.” Twenty percent of the proceeds of Sabir’s $15 book will fund swimming lesson scholarships at the Grant Park Pool.
Speaking of swimming lessons, the Friends of Grant Park Pool have arranged a significantly expanded slate of swimming lessons and swim clinic this year. Visit to learn more and register for both child and adult swimming lessons. Need-based scholarships are also available.
The Friends of the Grant Park Pool relies primarily on restaurant dine-outs to fund improvements to the pool, such as lounge chairs, as well as swimwear donations for those that can’t afford proper attire. Six Feet Under is graciously sponsoring their seventh dine-out to support the Grant Park Pool on May 24 at the Grant Park location. Additional dine-outs are planned for this summer, which will be posted at as well as on a banner at the pool.
Daily admission to the pool is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6 to 16. Kids 5 and under are free, and seniors 55+ are $2. Admission to the pool is free for everyone between 1:30pm and 4:00pm on weekdays, except for holidays. Annual and seasonal passes will be available—see for more details, including hours, pool rules, and the latest pool news. You can also get the latest pool news on Facebook (search for Friends of Grant Park Pool and join the group), follow the pool on Twitter (, or sign up for the e-mail newsletter (

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