Rome residents under the age of 16 may be eligible for a free pool pass this summer, according to members of the Common Council.
In cooperation with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, Council President Stephanie Viscelli and Third Ward Councilor Kimberly Rogers said in a statement that area youths who qualify for free or reduced lunches in the Rome school district are eligible for the passes, which allow 10 free admissions to Tosti Pool and Municipal Pool.
“While the city of Rome offers three pools with no fee for entry, many children like to go to Tosti or Municipal Pool as they are larger pools and serve residents in different areas of the city,” Viscelli said. “Admission is one dollar per person but when you have three or four children, and they want to swim with friends every day, that cost starts to add up quickly. For some of our residents the cost is prohibitive.”
“I have always felt it important to keep all of our city pools open and accessible,” said Rogers. “It is a quality of life amenity that the city provides, and it is important that it is available to all of our residents. By creating this program, we are ensuring that all of Rome’s children have the opportunity to enjoy all of our city pools.”
To apply, visit the city’s Parks Department on the second floor of City Hall, 198 N. Washington St., or stop by the Tosti Pool or Municipal Pool. Completed applications must be dropped at the Parks offices. Parents must consent to income verification by the school district or by Rome Catholic School. Upon being verified for eligibility, parents will receive a call from the Parks Department, and swimmers can pick up their passes at the pool of their choice.