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Fern Underwood Free Swim

At Osceola Parks and Recreation’s monthly board meeting May 19, the board approved the Fern Underwood Free Swim series for the summer.

Funded by a grant from Clarke County Development Corporation, this event will provide free swimming from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday night this summer beginning June 2 and ending Aug. 11.

The event carries the name of long-time child advocate Fern Underwood. It is the result of a desire of hers — for every child in Osceola to get a chance to swim, regardless of their socio-economic background.

The hours, which end at closing, were chosen by Parks and Recreation Director Tim Riddle, so no one would be asked to leave at the end of the free swim time. Additionally, it should be noted when the pool reaches the authorized capacity, no one will be admitted unless someone leaves. It will be strictly first come, first admitted to insure everyone enjoys a safe swim.

Summer-long free swim passes can still be applied for at Osceola Senior Center 2-6 p.m. May 28 Those passes are income based.

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