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Swim Lessons Start, Pool Opens June 28

As COVID-19 restrictions ease and the region starts to return to a more normal routine, Escalon city officials have announced that the Escalon Community Pool will open for public swim on Monday, June 28.

Swimming lessons started on Monday, June 14 and are being hosted in two-week sessions. The current first session runs through June 24.

Session Two will run from June 28 through July 8 with registration opening on Thursday, June 17. Registration for Session Three, running from July 12 through 22, will open on Thursday, July 1.

There are four levels of lessons, each one building on the next and there are both morning and afternoon sessions scheduled.

There will be no bleaches or chairs available for seating and no pop ups will be set up; with just one parent or guardian allowed in per participant/family.

They are keeping the class sizes reduced, and the swim instructors will be in the water with class participants.

Those interested can register online at

“We will open for public swim June 28 with two sessions per day, 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.,” explained Recreation Coordinator Bridget Gaines. “They are one-and-a-half hour sessions, guests are allowed only one session per day and each session will be capped at 45 people through the gate on a first come, first serve basis.”

Escalon will also have sales of the Safe and Sane fireworks later this month, with the state Fire Marshal-approved fireworks legal for use in the city limits.

Traditionally, the city does a drawing for three available spots, with four booths set up during the fireworks season. One booth is set aside for the city and the other three are offered up in a lottery.

“We did not need to have a lottery because there were only three groups submitted,” Gaines said of the 2021 drawing.

Booths and the groups running them will include the Escalon High School Sports Boosters, set up in the MarVal Main Street Market parking lot along McHenry Avenue; Trinity Church will be in the ACE Hardware parking lot on McHenry with some of the proceeds benefiting the Escalon Youth Center; and Heritage Church (formerly Escalon Covenant Church) will have a booth in the church parking lot along Escalon Avenue.

For the city, the booth run by and to benefit the Escalon Parks Foundation will be in the parking lot, adjacent to D’Boni’s, along Jackson Avenue.

“They can start selling at noon on June 28,” Gaines said of the booths, with sales lasting until midnight July 4.