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Veterans Memorial Pool Opens June 25

While located in Peekskill’s busy Depew Park, Veterans Memorial Pool is often overlooked by some residents as a summer destination, according to Pool Manager John Glashoff.“There was a perception that this was a rough place to come but it really isn’t, it’s a nice place to come now,” Glashoff said. “People who live in Peekskill should come check it out.”Glashoff, a physical education teacher in the Hendrick Hudson School District, is helping his young staff of lifeguards and attendants get ready for the crowds just after noon on Memorial Day. The pool is still quiet with only a handful of families on hand.“It’s slow right now but it’s early,” Glashoff said. “The busy time will be about two, three o’clock. Saturday was slow, yesterday [Sunday] it was okay. Last summer it was very hot and we were very busy.”Using the pool requires a residence pass that can be purchased at the nearby parks and recreation office. Both daily and seasonal passes are available for both individuals and families. Non-residents can only use the pool as the guest of a resident. Glashoff said that policy was put into place several years ago to help prevent overcrowding and unruly guests.“We used to get people coming from the city and all over and they didn’t show respect for the pool and the people here,” Glashoff said. “It wasn’t a nice place to bring your family but now with the card system we get mostly families.” The facility also includes a kiddie pool and a concession stand, as well as changing facilities that are slated to be fully renovated next year.Another great feature is the pool’s peaceful wooded surroundings, Glashoff said.“You feel like you’re at a lake because the woods are all around you,” Glashoff said. “You see a lot of wildlife. The deer come out and you see the hawks flying around. Occasionally we even get a turtle or some frogs in the pool.”The pool will reopen on June 25 and remain open until Labor Day. It is open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekdays from 1-8 p.m.

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