Erie, PA – A rising number of children can look forward to excruciatingly boring school breaks this year as budget crises in places such as New York, Washington, D.C., Houston and Detroit rob them of the activities and programs that have long defined summer in the city for urban youngsters. Swimming pools are being closed. Recreation centers are locking their doors. Library summer reading programs are suffering. Openings for short-term jobs have evaporated. (Associated Press May 29, 2011)
In the City of Erie, collaborative public-private partnerships fund a very full summer of recreational programming throughout City of Erie parks (http://www.erie.pa.us/pdf/2011_city_recreation_guide.pdf).
Today, in a joint announcement among the City of Erie, the Housing Authority of the City of Erie, and the YMCA of Greater Erie, officials told neighborhood kids and families that the Rodger Young Swimming Pool would open again this summer for recreational swimming – and, be open five weeks longer than before.