PIEDMONT - Paula Boggs, commissioner of parks and recreation for the Town of Piedmont, was given the go-ahead from Piedmont's elected officials at the Wednesday evening meeting of the city council to proceed with the opportunity to offer the youths an outdoor recreational opportunity on the grounds of the swimming pool.

By Jean Braithwaite

Tribune Correspondent

PIEDMONT - Paula Boggs, commissioner of parks and recreation for the Town of Piedmont, was given the go-ahead from Piedmont’s elected officials at the Wednesday evening meeting of the city council to proceed with the opportunity to offer the youths an outdoor recreational opportunity on the grounds of the swimming pool.

Boggs, who is standing in for mayor Ben Smith, had said at a previous city council meeting that she spoke to several young people in the community concerning having a half of a basketball court on the grounds of the swimming pool, and she received the words from the youth of, “If you build, we will come.”

Mentioning the placement of the 25 feet by 30 feet concrete pad would be in the corner nearest to the former Piedmont High School, Boggs said, “Those wanting to use the basketball court will pay the regular pool entrance fee,” allowing for them in addition to have swimming privileges.

In other news related to the swimming pool, she said evening swim parties have been popular this year, and, “Right now we have 30 bookings for parties.”

Boggs said that Piedmont Library recently sponsored a night swim, and, “We have over 80 kids in attendance.”

She announced a swim party will take place on July 12, starting at 6 p.m., following the annual community Parade on Wheels bike paade,  with a showing of the movie “Sing" and distribution of cotton candy.


She also told the council members of two upcoming purchases, with one being necessary for the pool and will include a vacuum to clean the bottom of the pool, because, “The present one will not even pick up the sand off the bottom.”


The other purchase mentioned by Boggs was a 10 feet by 20 feet canopy to be placed on the Potomac River side of the swimming pool that will provide shade for those not wanting to be in the sun, and for the DJ, who offers music during parties.