Something shady is going on and up at the London Municipal Pool.
The city recently received up to $8,000 from the American Academy of Dermatology to construct a permanent sun shade structure at the pool in time for the 2014 swim season, according to Linda Granger.
Granger managed the pool in 2013.
Swimmers, sunbathers, as well as watchful parents and grandparents will rejoice at the news. Absence of sun protection at the pool on hot summer days has long been a source of complaints on hot summer days.
A permanent structure will shade the current picnic area at the northeast corner of pool property.
Granger applied for the grant in January. Angela Shen, M.D., of Buckeye Dermatology, sponsored the application.
“We truly appreciate Dr. Shen’s sponsorship of the pool through the grant process,” Granger said. “The shade structure will provide shelter for the many activities at the pool, including the free lunch and art programs, birthday parties, as well as for all our pool customers.”
The AAD awards grants to construct shelters from damaging ultraviolet rays. Those shelters must be permanent and meet specific standards in regard to materials — especially for roofs. No local match is required.
Granger said the new sun shade will allow the facility to host more events and initiatives.
Two swim meets are slated for the 2014 season, as well as a clinic conducted by the head coach of The Ohio State University men’s swimming team, Granger said.
Madison County Hospital plans to hold physical and occupational therapy classes at the pool. Madison County’s Vinyard Church will continue to provide free lunches for local children as part of a summer outreach, Granger said.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.