The water was crystal blue, the grass was immaculately manicured, and the entire pool area was in tiptop shape.

All that was missing when the Palmerton Memorial Pool opened for its 67th season this past Saturday were the visitors themselves.

Dealt a huge blow by Mother Nature, less than a handful of people were at the pool within the first hour, clearly kept away by the unseasonably cool temperatures.

The few that braved the elements, such as brothers Justin and Kyle Sebelin of Palmerton, said it was worth it despite the fact the temperature was 58 degrees, with the water temperature at 62.

Accompanied by their mother, Terri Sebelin, Justin and Kyle braved the elements as they jumped off the new diving boards and into the cool water. Within seconds, they were shivering and wrapped in towels.

"I just really wanted to really go into the water the first day," said Justin, 7. "It's kind of warmer in the water than right here."

Kyle shared much the same thoughts as those of his brother.

"I came here because I wanted to be one of the first ones in the pool, and because I just love being here," said Kyle, 9. "It just feels good to go in the pool, and go on the new diving boards."

Larry Arner, general manager of the pool, said that in the past 31 years that the pool opened, it was never as cold as it was on Saturday.

"This is the first day I'm wearing a turtleneck long shirt," Arner said. "Otherwise, we're looking forward to another great year."

Arner said attendance on Sunday was again sparse due to the weather conditions.

However, he said the sunshine brought out about 350 visitors on Memorial Day.

"Some were just soaking up the warmth of the sun, while quite a few ventured into the cool water," said Arner, who added there were lots of great comments from young and old alike regarding the improvements around the pool. "The kids love the new diving boards, and can't wait for their friends to join them this week as the hot weather is coming in soon."

Along with the new diving boards, there are also new sidewalks around the edge of the pool, which received a fresh paint job this spring as well.

Arner noted that swim lesson sign-ups begin June 3, and reminded those who purchased season passes to bring their tags from last year back with them to renew their season pass this year.

Swim lessons at the pool will be held June 17 through July 12. Preregistration is required, and can be done from June 3-16 at the pool office during pool hours.

The pool will begin regular hours of operation on June 7, when it will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10-8 Saturdays, and 1-8 Sundays.

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