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City of Darlington to open city pool in June

Source: Raycom Media. Source: Raycom Media.

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The City of Darlington will open the Gandy Pool on Friday, June 5.

City officials say the pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 115 Gary Street, weather permitting. The cost of the pool will be $1 for the day.

Below are a list of city pool rules:

  • All children age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older, and that adult must supervise the child 100% of the time.
  •  No adult may sign in more than two swimmers. 
  • No weak swimmers or non-swimmers allowed in the deep end of the pool. 
  • All children and adults who cannot swim must wear a wrist band identifying them as a non-swimmer. 
  • All swimmers must shower before entering the pool. 
  • When signaled, all swimmers must exit the pool immediately upon lifeguard's request. 
  • All swimmers who wish to swim in the deep end must be approved by the lifeguard before entering. 
  • No diapers allowed in the pool. Children must wear a swimmer's diaper if needed. 
  • All swimmers must wear swimsuits.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

In addition to the pool opening, the City of Darlington will partner with the YMCA of the upper Pee Dee to offer free swimming lessons from June 22 to June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Friday will be a rain day. Lessons are open to ages 5 to 18.

According to a news release, “More than 100 have benefited from these station-to-station classes during the past three years of the classes.”

Volunteers are also needed to assist the swimming students. Officials say volunteers should be comfortable in water, but they don't need to be expert swimmers. Training for volunteers will be held on the first day of lessons at 9:30 a.m. Anyone who plans to volunteer should call Dyan Cohen at 843-307-1525.

Listed below are directions to the pool:

Directions to the Gandy Pool

115 Gary St., Darlington

From Hartsville (US 52 Bypass / US 401): Take SC 151 into Darlington. Continue on Pearl Street approximately 1 mile. Turn right at the light at Piggly Wiggly onto Edwards Avenue. In about 6/10th of a mile, the road ends in front of Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology. Turn right onto Chestnut Street. In about 1200 feet, take a left onto Lighty Street. Continue straight about 500 feet and turn right into the parking lot on your right adjacent to the City Pool.

From Florence (I-95 & US 52 Business): Take US 52 Business into Darlington. Continue on South Main Street approximately 1 mile. You will see a sign for Mayo School and a planted median at Chestnut Street. Turn left at Chestnut Street. On Chestnut, you will pass in front of Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology. In about 1200 feet, take a left onto Lighty Street. Continue on about 500 feet and turn into the parking lot on your right adjacent to the City Pool.

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