DARLINGTON, S.C. – The city of Darlington will open the Gandy Pool for the season today.
Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting, on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 115 Gary St. The pool is open to the public, and the cost is $1 for the day.
Concrete work has been completed, and the ADA wheelchair lift has been installed. Randy Weatherford and Poolwerx will staff the pool again this year.
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 percent 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.
The city of Darlington also will offer free swimming lessons June 25 through June 27 (with Friday as a rain date), from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the pool. These lessons are sponsored by the city of Darlington for ages 5 to 18. More than 200 have benefited from these station-to-station classes since 2014.
Training for volunteers will be held on the first day of lessons at 9:30 a.m. If you plan on volunteering, call Lillian Brunson at 843-393-7233.
Directions to the Gandy Pool
115 Gary St., Darlington
>> From Hartsville (U.S. 52 Bypass/U.S. 401): Take S.C. 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 & U.S. 52 Business): Take U.S. 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 1,200 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.