The Tamaqua Borough Council will hold a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for the New Water Slide at the H. D. Buehler Memorial Pool tomorrow, Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11 a.m.

The water slide is approximately 12 feet high and 60 feet in length and cost $95,000. The project was funded by a $60,000 grant from the John E. Morgan Foundation and $35,000 from the Borough's Community Development Block Grant Program. Rules for the new slide are posted at the pool.

The slide was manufactured by Avalanche Waterslides Inc. of Carthage, MO and installed by Sports & Recreation Associates LLC of Apollo, PA. Wade Associates Inc. of Harrisburg, PA served as project designer and consultant. The Borough's Street and Water departments constructed the concrete deck, sidewalks, retaining wall, storm drainage, plumbing and electric.

The H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool will open for the season on Saturday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m. The pool will remain open through Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 through 27, and will be closed May 28 through 31. The pool will be open daily beginning on Saturday, June 1 at 11:30 a.m. Hours of operation will vary depending on attendance, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.

Applications for season pool passes are available at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Application forms, including payment and emergency contact information, must be returned to the Tamaqua Municipal Building. Checks and money orders must be made payable to "Borough of Tamaqua".

Season passes for residents of the Tamaqua Area School District are $10 per person. These discounted rates are made possible through a donation from the John E. Morgan Foundation. Season passes for people living outside the Tamaqua Area School District are $50 per person.

Daily passes for Tamaqua Area School District residents are $5 on Monday through Friday and $6 on Saturday and Sunday. Daily passes for children under six years old are $1 per day. Daily passes for people living outside the Tamaqua Area School District are $10 on Monday through Friday and $12 on Saturday and Sunday.Daily passes for children under six years old are $1 per day.

No season or daily pool passes will be sold during Memorial Day Weekend or June 1 weekend.

For more information, contact the Borough of Tamaqua during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call (570) 668-3444 or (570) 668-0300.