Wednesday April 23, 2008
For Immediate release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
When Nancye Schmit suffered a stroke in 2005, she found water aerobics would be a good exercise to help her heal and stay active. The pool at Shawnee High School turned out to be the place where she made friends on her road to recovery.
“I love it and I love the people here,” says Schmit. “But sometimes it can be hard getting in and out of the pool.”
However that is changing.
A new Stair lift for pool was recently dedicated by Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5. Using money from her neighborhood development funds, Hamilton is helping seniors, those with handicaps and others recovering from surgery to use the pool with greater ease.
“Residents have told me if there was an easier way to get in and out of the pool, more people would take advantage of the benefits of water exercise,” says Hamilton. “I think it is money well spent.”
Shirley Thomas, who coordinates many of the classes for Metro Parks, agrees. “We have as many as 40 to 50 people who take advantage of these classes,” she says. “With this new stair lift, I expect the word will get out and more people will begin working on being healthier.”
The Shawnee Pool offers classes two times a day. Morning classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am to 10:00am. Then evening classes take place on Monday Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
The stair lift is a stronger and wider set of stairs that allow a person to walk down into and out of a pool. The Shawnee pool also has a mechanical chair along with traditional metal ladders.
“The people love this pool, and when they find out the stair lift is here then I think we will see an increase in classes,” says Schmit.
“If our senior citizens have the drive to stay healthy and get out exercising, we should do everything we can to encourage them,” says Hamilton.
The Shawnee Pool not only offers water exercise classes and lap swimming, it is involved with the Metro Parks Starfish program. The program teaches all second graders in the Jefferson County Public Schools how to swim for free.
For more information about the Shawnee Pool Metro Parks water exercise classes, call 485-7664.
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5