A new color scheme and a worm were painted on the mushroom fountain in the kiddie pool at the JFK Pool Complex and Recreation Center in Pottsville on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

New diving boards have been installed at the JFK Recreation Complex swimming pool, and some new rules have been put in place at the public facility, too.

The fiberglass boards are 16-feet long — 6 feet longer than those they replaced.

“So far, everyone seems to be loving it,” said Dave Clark, parks foreman.

“Since they (the diving boards) opened on Wednesday, they’ve been nonstop,” added Noralea Matz, pool manager, about swimmers using the boards.

In addition to the longer length, one of the boards is 3 meters (about 10 feet) off the ground, 2 meters higher than before. The other board is 1-meter high.

The city council adopted new rules for the pool on July 8. City Administrator Thomas A. Palamar said the updated rules are an attempt to keep them “fresh” with the changing times, though previous rules still apply. A full list of rules is available at the pool.

The new rules mostly relate to the water slide and diving boards.

Diving board rules include:

  • Capacity is 250 pounds.
  • Only one person is allowed on the diving board at a time.
  • The preceding user must surface and reach a ladder before the next person uses the diving board.
  • Only one diving board may be used at a time.
  • Persons who damage the diving boards will be responsible for repairs or replacement.

The water slide rules are as follows:

  • Capacity is 250 pounds.
  • Those using the slide can’t wear khakis, cut-offs, etc.
  • Persons who damage the water slide will be responsible for repairs or replacement.

Electronic cigarettes and vaping are also not permitted at the pool.

As has been the case, the rules also state that:

  • Consumption or possession of drugs, alcohol or weapons on pool premises will result in expulsion and legal prosecution.
  • Improper behavior, including stealing, mishandling property, destruction of public ground and facilities, will not be tolerated and will result in expulsion and police intervention.
  • There is a zero tolerance policy for any violent behavior, intimidation or language.

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