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Splash into summer at the Outdoor Y and Houston-Fisher Memorial Pool

Jun 27, 2017 12:49PM ● By Today's Family

Outdoor YMCA in Perry

At the Lake County Y they know it’s important for communities to have a place to gather.  The Y not only offers swimming and fun at its West End Y, East End Y and Central Y but also at its Outdoor Y in Perry and the Houston-Fisher Memorial Pool in Eastlake.  Both the Outdoor Y and Houston-Fisher pool give families a place to have fun during the summer and where kids can learn how to swim.

The Outdoor Y in Perry is a great place for kids and families to enjoy summer.  Not only can families cool off in the pool, they can walk the trails along the Grand River, picnic in a pavilion or play on the splash pad.  Young children can play in the toddler pool or on the splash pad.  Older children and teens can take pleasure in riding the water slides or rock-climbing wall.  Outside of the pool, families can get a snack at the snack bar, have fun skating on the in-line rink, play basketball or a round of miniature golf.  The Outdoor Y has many activities that kids and their families can enjoy all summer long.

Outdoor Y Summer memberships can be purchased online at or by calling 440-259-2724.

In collaboration with the city of Eastlake, the reopening of Houston-Fisher Memorial pool at Jakse Park in 2014 has given the community another unique place for kids to be safe and have fun.  This year, the Y has added a toddler pool for swimmers under 6 and heated the main pool. In addition, children and adults can take swim lessons, join the swim team, rent space for a pool party and enjoy late night swims.  The park has also redesigned its green space for families to stretch out and enjoy all day at the pool.

Summer pool passes for Houston-Fisher can be purchased at city hall on second and fourth Tuesday’s before the Eastlake City Council meetings or at the West End Y during business hours.

Nationally, the Y has updated its lessons this year to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels.  The latest evolution of Y swim lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels.  Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace.  This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

“Through our latest approach to swim lessons, kids of all ages can progress at their own pace while building the confidence needed to become a successful swimmer.  We want to help everyone be safer around the water.  That means making smart choices when we are at the Y pool, a backyard pool or at the beach,” said Amy Basco, Lake County Central Y aquatic director.

Families interested in learning more about Y swim lessons and water safety classes, or to sign up for a summer membership can call 440-354-5656 or visit

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