Splash of success

Lawncrest Pool is the first public pool to open for the summer in Philadelphia.

JOHN COLE/TIMES PHOTO

The sound of the lifeguard whistle being blown by Mayor Jim Kenney at Lawncrest Recreation Center on June 19 officially began the opening of the 2018 Philadelphia public pool season.

A large group of kids from the area patiently awaited the news conference held by Kenney, City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and Kathryn Ott Lovell, commissioner of the city Department of Parks & Recreation.

Dive right in: City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker dips her toes in the water at Lawncrest Recreation Center on June 19 to help officially kick off the 2018 season for Philadelphia public pools. JOHN COLE/TIMES PHOTO

The city will have its 70-plus public pools open within the next two weeks. The list of when each pool is open is available here.••