JPYC gearing up for summer season

The Johnson Park Youth Center is gearing up for the summer months.The opening date for the summer at the JPYC is Saturday, May 26, 2012. Summer hours will be from 1-7 p.m. daily.Annadon Keys, director of the center, said two U-V Systems have been added to the pump room for the pool. She said the systems are expensive but extremely important to the facility.“The U-V system destroys 99 percent of bacteria in the water, including cryptosporidium. The one percent that it does not destroy, the system keeps the bacteria from reproducing,” she said. “Cryptosporidium can cause very serious health problems if not treated properly.”Keys said she is thankful to Borger City Manager Eddie Edwards for putting the community first and purchasing the new systems for the pools. She said the Borger pools are one of the very few pools in the area with a U-V system. Rules are also enforced that will help the pool be one of the safest pools, both chemically and physically, she said.“My assistant Shelby McCarty and I attended a very intense program for certifying our guards through the NASCO (National Aquatic Safety Company) program in Austin last January,” Keys said. “This program was very informative in teaching lifeguards how to scan the pool properly and react in the case of an emergency. We are extremely proud to be certified by such an amazing program.”The center is also doing its part to continue enhancing the pool experience for citizens, most recently with the purchase of two new slides for the baby pool. Keys said the center is very proud of them and is very excited for the community to see how beautiful they are and for the children to have fun on them.The center is now open for parties. Keys said she hopes the center can provide extra fun parties, birthday parties, or just a fun family get-together. Reservations can be made by calling the center.JPYC will have summer hours for its walkers, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.“We encourage our walkers to come and walk in the gym and out of the heat, the cost to walkers is free,” Keys said.JYPC is also gearing up for its park recreation program for 2012. Watch for more details in tomorrow’s edition.For more information on summer activities at the JPYC or booking a party, call Keys at 231-8979 or the center at 275-9014.