LONDONDERRY — Community members joined with YMCA of Greater Londonderry officials to welcome the opening of the Y's new Schaefer Community Pool on Saturday.
The new outdoor, six-lane pool was celebrated with an official ribbon-cutting and first "jump in," giving people a chance to see the crystal clear waters up close for the first time.
The pool is heated, 25 meters long and will serve the YMCA community, providing a long list of aquatic programs and events for club members and the community.
The new pool replaces two older oval pools that stood outside the Y facility on Rockingham Road.
The pool is named for Schaefer Mortgage, a lead sponsor of the project, part of the YMCA's $750,000 capital improvement plan, that will also include an outdoor multipurpose sports complex.
The YMCA opened in 1999 and serves 175 to 180 campers during its summer programs.
For information about the YMCA's programs, summer camps, pool schedule or to support the pool project, call 437-9622.