PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — It’s pool season in Philadelphia!

Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, Councilmember Bobby Henon and former Philadelphia Phillies player Mike Schmidt kicked off the 2019 summer swim season at the newly rebuilt Bridesburg Pool. The Bridesburg Recreation Center’s pool was originally built in 1954.

“I am excited to kick off the public pool season today, one of Philadelphia’s most cherished traditions,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Our public pools are great amenities that provide fun, safe and healthy opportunities for Philadelphians of all ages to stay cool and have fun in their communities.”

In addition to the new pool, an automatic sunscreen dispenser was donated to the recreation center by former Philadelphia Phillies player Mike Schmidt and the RDK Melanoma Foundation as part of Mike Schmidt Sun Smart USA program.  Through this program sunscreen dispensers have been installed at community pools, Citizens Bank Park, Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, and City Hall in an effort to promote public health to Philadelphians.

Mike Schmidt Sun Smart USA program was established in 2017 with a goal of making a positive impact in the fight to prevent skin cancer, especially melanoma, the deadliest form which is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

“My personal experience with melanoma has propelled me to take a leading role in helping communities be sun smart. With all of the fun outdoor activities that summer brings, it’s important to be aware of sun safety. That is why I am teaming up with the City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department to donate a sunscreen dispenser to the Bridesburg pool and additional pools in the Philadelphia area,” said Mike Schmidt.

More than 100 campers will be at the pool opening and ready to make a splash. Phillies legend Mike Schmidt, a melanoma survivor, will also be in attendance. He is partnering with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to remind everyone to apply sunscreen when out at the area pools.

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