ROME- The Rome Family YMCA and the City of Rome have joined forces to provide the city’s youth with safe and supervised summer fun, according to officials from both organizations.
The partnership includes an effort to open municipal pools with certified lifeguards, offer swimming lessons, expand the YMCA day camp and organize a summer basketball league for young people.
“The City of Rome is very happy to partner with the YMCA to provide our children with summer activities in our parks and lifeguards in the city’s swimming pools. Our collaboration allows both entities to offer swimming lessons, summer basketball in the Y’s indoor gymnasiums, a YMCA day camp at the Gryziec field and public swimming in three municipal swimming pools,” said the mayor. Jacqueline M. Izzo.
“This shared services model worked very well last year and this year we are able to expand the partnership in a very cost-effective way and leverage Y resources to train and supply lifeguards to pools across the town,” Izzo added.
“As we all move forward, we believe that partnering with organizations, community groups, and the city and school district is the best way to stay relevant and continue to deliver programs that benefit our community” said Bruce Hairston, YMCA Rome branch manager.
“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we all need each other to keep our communities thriving,” Hairston added.
Three of the city’s five pools — the Tosti Pool, the Municipal Pool and a wading pool at Guyer Field — will be open with lifeguards provided by the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley aquatics department. Additionally, Saturday swimming will be available at Tosti Pool with YMCA lifeguards – certified by the American Red Cross – on duty.
• Tosti Pool, 200 Sixth Street — Open Monday to Friday, June 27 to August 26, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, from July 9 to August 13, from noon to 5 p.m.
• Municipal Pool, 500 W. Embargo St.: Monday to Friday, from June 27 to August 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and
• Guyer wading pool, 701 Laurel Street: Monday to Friday, June 27 to August 26, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Any high school or college student interested in joining the Y for Rome or Oneida certified lifeguard team can apply online at ymcatrivalley.org or contact Noah Farmer, Regional Aquatics Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
YMCA swim instructors will be teaching level 1, 2 and 3 swimming lessons at the Tosti pool on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 11 to August 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All instructors have completed the program YMCA level 1-3. The fee for Rome residents is $30 and $40 for non-Rome residents.
People can pre-register for swimming lessons during the city’s Open Registration Day, Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon on the green behind City Hall, 198 N. Washington St. For more information, call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Activities at 315-339-7656.
Thanks to the partnership between the YMCA and the City of Rome, the Y-Care Summer Day Camp will be held outdoors at Gryziec Field at the corner of South James Street and Muck Road. In the event of inclement weather, activities will move inside the YMCA, 301 W. Bloomfield St.
The state-approved day camp will run from Monday, June 27 through Friday, September 2 for children in kindergarten through age 12. More information and registration details can be found at www.ymcatrivalley.org or by calling the YMCA of Rome at 315-336-3500.
Y-Care Day Camp is also available in Oneida and New Hartford. Go online to www.ymcatrivalley.org for more information.
Summer basketball camp
The city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Activities Department will be hosting boys’ and girls’ basketball clinics at the Rome YMCA gymnasium. Clinics run from July 5 to August 5 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The clinic for 5-8 year olds will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; and 9-12 year olds will play from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
People can register at the clinic during the city’s open registration day or by calling 315-339-7656.
The Greater Tri-Valley YMCA serves the Greater Rome, Oneida and New Hartford areas with programs and services for the whole family. It is a certified non-profit organization with two main branches in Rome and Oneida and a school-aged child care center in the New Hartford area. The mission of the Y is to practice Christian principles through programs that promote health of mind, spirit, and body for all.
The mission of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Activities of the City of Rome is to provide diverse recreational programs and facilities to all of its citizens in a safe and enjoyable environment.