Philadelphia the Public Pool Capital of America
Maybe Philly should do more to promote itself with a series of advertisements like these:
Why? Because we apparently have the most public pools per capita of any city in the country. That’s the claim that city officials are making, Newsworks reports.
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis said the 50 meters of Kelly Pool, tucked next to the Please Touch Museum, make it the largest in the city’s 70-pool system.
“Our pools are not giant. New York has these giant pools, maybe two times or three times bigger than this one,” he said. “Most of our pools are 25 meters, and they’re in every neighborhood in the city.”
Each year the city spends $2.3 million to maintain and staff the pools, DiBerardinis said.
But they don’t stay open all summer: The city’s pools start to close on Friday.