The Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool opens at noon today with something new - soft ice cream.

Tom Evans, Lehighton Recreation Director, said another new addition is coming. Thanks to a government grant, another pavillion will be built. It will be located outside the fencing of the pool to allow purchases of the soft ice cream and other refreshments without having to enter the pool area.

Evans said the pool will be open from noon to 8 p.m., seven days a week. However, on Mondays and Wednesdays, the pool closes to the public at 7 p.m. because of zoomba classes from 7-8 p.m.

There are some evenings when it will be open even longer, such as Friday, June 15, when the group A.D.D. performs from 7-10 p.m. It's one of three nights A.D.D. will be entertaining.

Also offering entertainment on various dates during the course of the summer is "The Doc" from Penn's Peak Radio.

A volleyball league is being organized at the pool and will have their games on Mondays and Wednesdays when the zoomba classes are held.

There will be morning and evening swimming lessons offered beginning June 11, with the classes lasting two weeks.

Water aerobics will be featured Monday through Friday from 11-12 a.m.

One more new attraction this year is a "Sunbrella," a 20-foot umbrella at the wading pool which was purchased with donations from Horsehead Industries and Pool Pals. Evans anticipates it will be in place by next week.

Benches already are located around the perimeter of the pool, but Evans said more are expected to be installed.

The pool features three slides, as well as various water features with a control of the water flow.

This is the fourth year that the pool is open after having been completely renovated.

There are two main pavillions. Evans said the pavillions are offered for birthday parties and other social events at a rate of $150, with a grill included.

One of the upcoming events at the pool is an annual Lehighton Area School District Fun Night on Thursday, June 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Daily admission to the pool is $7 per adult and $5 for children. Children under age 1 are admitted free.