Loves Park residents are still bummed out about Sand Park Pool being closed this summer due to Rockford Park District 2018 budget cuts. After the announcement was made many families were left wondering, where can I take my kids for swim lessons now?

Thank goodness Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury has residents' needs top of mind. According to a Rockford Park District press release;

Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury gathered a variety of organizations, including the YMCA of Rock River Valley, Harlem School District, and Rockford Park District to brainstorm alternative swimming opportunities. “I was very concerned initially about this decision, as Sand Park Pool is one of many great amenities the Rockford Park District provides to our citizens, but with remediation efforts increasing this summer, it was not going to be an ideal place for recreation.”

“These agencies have been meeting for the last few months, and I’m thrilled to share with our residents the solutions we’ve come up with together.”

The solution? Special swim lessons hosted by the YMCA at the Harlem Middle School pool. The RPD's press release says;

This summer, the YMCA will be hosting four sessions of accelerated swim lessons at the Harlem Middle School pool. The sessions start June 4 and 18 and July 9 and 23 and will be $55 per session. For those who  want to splash around and have some free time at the pool, the Y is opening its doors to non-members during the summer. On Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the Y is offering drop-in swim rates of $6 per person at the Northeast Family YMCA and SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA. “

For more information on the special swim sessons, or to get your child signed up now, visit

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