KINGSTON — The closing of one of Kingston’s summertime hot spots — a place where families and friends could usually be seen cooling off — came Saturday.
Due to rain, however, only a few people came to the Kingston Community Swimming Pool, located on Lathrop Street next to Hamilton Park, before the cover was placed over it.
The pool opened for a 10-week season starting in June, timed with the end of the school year in the Wyoming Valley West school district. Attendance at the pool peaked during the June heatwave and around the Fourth of July.
“During that time, we saw a lot of regulars,” pool manager Bill Williams of Kingston said, “But later in the summer, it usually dies down as kids get ready for school and families go on vacations.”
Though operational hours generally lasted from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. during the week, once a month the community pool hosted theme nights which ran until 10 p.m.
“We did a Disney night, a sports night — we try to mix it up,” Williams said. “Turnout has been good for our theme nights.”
One of the pool’s avid regulars, Chris Burke of Kingston, has been coming to the recreational site since 2006 when he moved to the area. He is known for practicing his signature dive from the high board, and staff members have even taken to calling him “The Governor.”
“I’m here all the time. All of my friends are here,” Burke said.
Williams said employees have also become mainstays, another testament to the site’s popularity during the summer.
“Most of the employees here started as kids and moved up over the years, from tending to the snack bar to becoming lifeguards,” Williams said.