SYCAMORE – About 100 area residents risked getting rained on to swim in the Sycamore Community Pool last Tuesday, when admission was only 90 cents.
"We just wanted to celebrate the 90th anniversary," said pool manager Lisa White, referring to the Sycamore Park District's year-long observance of its creation in 1923.
"The park district is all about getting more involvement and getting people outside," said Caleb Weingold, assistant manager of the pool.
Angela Nicol of Sycamore took advantage of the discounted admission and took her daughter, Elyanna, 7, and her son, Paxton, 4, to the pool.
"A neighbor told me about it and she is coming later," Nicol said. She was soon joined by Angie Norddrock of Sycamore and Jenny Grizzle of DeKalb and their children.
"We have a pool, so the only reason we came out is because of the discount," Norddrock said. "Oh, and to socialize."
"We are DeKalb residents and normally we go to Hopkins (Park)," Grizzle said. Most days, non-residents at the Sycamore pool pay $9.75 admission for adults and $7.75 for children 4-17.
The pool also gave a water bottle to the 90th visitor each day last week.
Last Sunday, the park district hosted an anniversary ice cream social at Wetzel Park. More anniversary events include an ongoing photo contest, fireworks and activities at the Sports Complex Sept. 14, and an open-house celebration Dec. 7. The district is also offering 90-cent admission to its fitness center on the ninth day of each month and every day Dec. 1-7.
For more information about the Sycamore Park District's 90th anniversary events, visit www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com.