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The Sellwood Pool cover is off, the fence gate is open, and the lifeguards are in place..it's summer

DAVID F. ASHTON - Folks are heading to the historic Sellwood Pool and its recently repaired Pool House, now that theyre open for the season at the south end of Sellwood Park! Just in time for the start of summer, Portland Parks & Recreation's historic Sellwood Pool – it's the oldest public swimming pool in the city – opened for family fun on June 18.

"This means we're open all summer – with swim sessions, lessons, and exercise classes," said Sellwood Pool Assistant Manager Alex Stewart.

To cover all of the shifts and positions, Stewart said 60+ staff members, including swim instructors, lifeguards, and water exercise class leaders, work out of the location.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Neighbor Janette McUne and her kids, Isla and Isaac, were among the many who enjoyed the Sellwood Pool on this years opening day. "We've all had our training, and everyone's ready and excited to work as a team this summer, to provide a safe environment for kids, families, and adults, as they enjoy the pool," Stewart told THE BEE. "Our lifeguards have gone through training, in the nationally-provided 'StarGuard ELIETE' program; and they are all certified in CPR, first aid, and lifeguarding – making them well-equipped to handle anything that happens."

In addition to the pool's regular schedule, and the "Summer Free for All" free swim sessions on Wednesday evenings each week, Stewart said the "Fun Water Safety Day" – with informational booths about water safety, as well as face painting, games, and music – will be on July 24, from 7:30 until 8:50 p.m.

For the "Aquatics Summer 2019 Guide for Sellwood Outdoor Pool", admission fees, and other information, go online – www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61026

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