A place to soak? The neighborhood pool


ON MY short street alone, I saw two neighbors hosing down their pool covers this week. One neighbor was planting shrubbery around a new pool. Another, who is expecting a baby in September intends to spend most of the summer soaking in a pool. If you're not lucky enough to have a pool in your back yard, what's a person to do? North county residents do have a couple of swimming holes of the chlorinated variety available, though they are well-hidden.

The North Linthicum Recreation Club is at the end of Governor's Gate Lane, next to Overlook Park. Club President Jane-Adair Seleski said the pool is so inconspicuous that she lived within three blocks of it for nearly a year and a half before she discovered it -- by following neighbors walking down the street carrying beach towels. Seleski said the club opened in 1974 as a spinoff of the North Linthicum Community Association. One of the founding families, John and Sharon Squire, now bring their grandchildren to the pool. Seleski said, "Everybody knows everybody and everybody's children. That makes it a very safe environment, and if some children tire of the pool, one parent can walk them next door to Overlook Park to play baseball, basketball or tennis while others stay behind at the pool to watch the rest of the children. The pool always has at least one lifeguard on duty."

Bryan Senter, club member and past president, said, "The club is very family-oriented," and Mary Ann Gapsis said she joined years ago because of "the friendly ambience of the pool and because it had a bit of shade."

Senter said the club has membership slots available. Applications are accepted from residents who live within a 10-mile radius of the club. Payment plans are available.

Information: Vanessa Howard, 410-789-2339 or Seleski, 410-636-4307.

Andover Recreation is on Main Avenue, off Andover Road, near Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School and the Linthicum-Ferndale athletic fields. In its 41st year of operation, the club's greatest asset is its land, said Robin Harrington, pool manager and past membership director. "If you get tired of swimming, there are six tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, soccer, horseshoes and shuffleboard and picnic areas," she said. "We also have swim and tennis lessons, swim and tennis teams and frogs to find in the back part of the nine acres." A shaded wading pool is reserved for those not yet 8 years old. Swim coach Susan Wenzlick, better known as "Coach Sue," grew up swimming at Andover. Her philosophy is, "If you're going to be at the pool anyway, you might as well be on the swim team."

With 88 children on the team last year, her goal now is to reach 100.

Information: 410-859-3614.

Pub Date: 5/24/98

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