The city of Allentown will reduce admission fees at city pools during the current heat wave to give residents the chance to cool off and escape the oppressive heat and humidity, Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced today.
The reduction will be in effect for the remainder of the pool season during the days and times identified by the National Weather Service (NWS) for “Heat Advisory” covering the city of Allentown. A Heat Advisory is in effect today until 8pm. The city’s Jordan, Mack and Irving pools are open from 12pm until 7:00pm.
Daily admission during the Heat Advisory will be reduced to $2.00 for everyone age 4-to-17 at the Jordan and Mack pools. The cost is $3.00 at Jordan and Mack for everyone age 18 and over. The cost at Irving Pool, which is already reduced, will be $1.00 for everyone age 4 and over.
Pawlowski also called on city residents to abide by pool regulations and cautioned that attendance will be restricted by mandatory occupancy limits.
“We are happy to provide this price break for all city residents to give everyone a chance to beat the heat,” Pawlowski said. “We will continue to ask our patrons to follow all regulations. Unruly or abusive behavior and overcrowding at our public pools will not be tolerated.”
Some residents may be directed to use other city pools if their first choice is overcrowded, the mayor said.
"We ask that residents take time to understand that the demand could pose delays in access, but our Department of Parks & Recreation and pool employees will do their best to accommodate everyone,” Pawlowski said.
The city’s Spray Park locations at Bucky Boyle Park and in the park at Fifth and Allen streets are also operating.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. The public is advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check-up on relatives and neighbors.
Extra precautions should be taken if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities for the early morning or late evening hours. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce your risk when working outdoors, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in a shaded or air-conditioned environment. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1.