The Mack Pool season opens with a splash at the city of Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation’s Watersafetypalooza on Saturday, June 18 from 10am to 2pm.
Formerly known as Family Water Safety Day, Watersafetypalooza is free and open to the public. It offers educational programs to reduce the incidence of drowning in the community by teaching children and their families how to stay safe in and around all types of water.
Watersafetypalooza features activities for various ages and different swimming skill levels. It stresses the importance of learning the basics of water safety, teaches the proper use of water safety equipment, the importance of personal flotation devices, and that learning to swim is the best safeguard against water-related injuries and drowning.
According to statistics compiled through various studies by the CDC and USA Swimming Foundation:
- Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%
- Only 19% of Americans are aware that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children under the age of 4
- If a parent does not know how to swim, there is only a 13% chance that a child in the household will learn how to swim
- 10 people drown in the United States every day
- More than 1 in 5 fatal drowning victims are children under the age of 14
For more information about the event, contact the Department of Parks & Recreation Department at 610-437-7757.
In case of inclement weather, please call the Recreation Inclement Weather Hotline at 610-437-7750 after office hours, or visit us on Facebook for postponement information at www.facebook.com/allentownparkandrec.