Sid Jacobson JCC opens renovated aquatic center

Bill San Antonio

The aquatics center at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills has reopened following a renovation of its facilities, the JCC announced Tuesday.

Named after longtime donors Jerry and Janet Kroll, the aquatics center’s men’s and women’s locker rooms have been upgraded and redesigned, a new kiddie pool has been constructed, and a hot tub and lap pool have been rebuilt.

“We’re ecstatic about our Kroll Family Aquatics Center and the new and exciting enhancements that we feel our community will enjoy,” said Sarah Schmitt, the associate executive director of the Side Jacobson JCC. “This center is one we pride ourselves on, one that will meet the needs of the community at large long into the future.”

In addition, an ultraviolet filtration system has been installed to provide cleaner water and fresher air near the pool, a new deck with smaller tiles to reduce patrons slipping and new showers and steam rooms. 

Through the end of the month, the aquatics center will also provide free children’s swim lessons and adult clinics and water safety classes for families.

“We love the improvements made to the aquatics center, and are thrilled we were able to fulfill our longtime desire to give back to the community through the JCC,” said Jerry and Janet Kroll in a joint statement. “We thank the Sid Jacobson JCC for moving forward with upgrades that will support children, teenagers and our special needs population. This aquatics center offers something for everyone.”

The center will host open house events for the new aquatics center on Oct. 4 and 25, as well as a Community Day event on Oct. 11 with free swim games, arts and crafts, a candy buffet and Zumba classes, among other activities.

The Community Day event is open to the public.

JCC officials said group swim classes are set to resume on Oct. 12, with classes for children ages six months to 12 years old.

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