The Palmerton Memorial Park Association (PMPA) recently dedicated their large fiberglass water slide to all the Palmerton area men and women, living or deceased, who have had, or are now serving, in the United States military.

Although the slide was constructed in 2009 and was opened last season for swimming fun, the official dedication was held just recently.

"We are dedicating our new slide as a living tribute to all our past and present people who served or are serving in our military, " said Larry Arner PMPA General manager.

Arner also thanked everyone for the planning, hard work and for all the donations received to make the water slide a reality.

"I would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and a special thank you to all the members of the board of directors for their dedication in getting a new water slide for our pool," added Victor Jahelka, PMPA Board President.

Brad Doll, Mayor of Palmerton credited Larry Arner and his staff for the fine work they do to keep the Memorial Park Pool open for the community.

The slide was closed during the dedication and was reopened with Garrett Perschy being the first one to test out the waters. Perschy had won a drawing last summer and was the first person to try out the new water flume.

The grand total for the large fiberglass water slide was approximately $115,000.

The new slide replaces the original one, which was built over 60 years ago.

The slide dedication was held in conjunction with the PMPA annual Christmas in July Event.

A large attendance was on hand for an afternoon filled with Christmas fun, complete with lucky winners that received wrapped Christmas gifts from under a green Christmas tree while Christmas music put all the swimmers and sunbathers in a "cool" mood.

There was even a surprise visit from Santa on tap for the youngsters and fresh baked Christmas cookies were passed out to young and old alike.

Christmas in July is a very popular event for the pool which is sponsored by the Palmerton Pool Pals.

The next upcoming special event will be Carnival Day, featuring pony rides, dunk tank, funnel cake, fresh squeezed lemonade and orangeade as well as lots of fun. This one is scheduled for Thursday, Aug 15 with a reduced daily admission for that day.

There is a water aerobics every Saturday morning from 9:15-10:30 a.m. for anyone who is interested.

The Jittery Joint water exercise class is held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-11 a.m. for anyone looking for a low to moderate level exercise class. These classes are open to anyone. If you do not hold a season pass to the pool you just pay the daily admission fee to participate. There is no required attendance, so come whenever you can make it.

The pool is open Monday- Friday, 12- 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1-8 p.m.

The Palmerton Memorial Park Pool, which opened in 1947, still continues to be an anchor for the community's summer time fun.