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Welcome to summer! The city pools are open!

From the BDN:
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to open the city’s two municipal pools for the summer season. Both pools will be open seven days a week.

The Beth Pancoe Municipal Aquatic Center in Hayford Park will be open for general swim from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, June 21. The pool features two water slides, a “zero entry” wade-in area with a variety of water features as well as a lap-swim area.

In addition to afternoon general swim, the Pancoe Aquatic Center is open for adult lap swim from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as family swim time from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lessons are offered mornings Monday through Thursday.

Day use of the Pancoe Aquatic Center is $1 for Bangor resident children, $2 for Bangor resident adults, $2 for nonresident children, and $4 for nonresidents. Season passes are also available for children, adults and families and may be purchased at the parks and recreation office at 647 Main St.

The Dakin Municipal Pool on Pine Street near Broadway Park will open for general swim at 1 p.m. Monday, June 23. Dakin Pool is located at the end of Pine Street just off Stillwater Avenue. Dakin Pool is open from 1 to 5 p.m. every day. There is no charge to swim at Dakin Pool.

Hours for both facilities may vary in the event of bad weather.

For information on municipal pool programming, call Bangor Parks and Recreation at 992-4490 or stop by the office at 647 Main St.

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Stillwater Park, Howard Street

Stillwater Park, Howard Street,
originally uploaded by bangorbaby.

The playground project is almost done — we’ve now got photos from all of the city playgrounds (I’m pretty sure!), two Brewer playgrounds, and one school playground. Test driving all the playgrounds is hard work for a toddler!


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You are invited to a World Breastfeeding Week Celebration! Pack a picnic and join us at Cascade Park, Tuesday August 7, 2007 from 4-6 pm. There’ll be fun and games for the kiddos, and lots of families who support breastfeeding! Won’t you join us? FMI call Melanie @ 942-2362. See you there!

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City Forest is a wonderful spot for Bangor Babies. In addition to the Bog Boardwalk, there are trails and closed roads that are wide and smooth enough for just about any stroller. It’s a great place to ride bikes, too. All the information you could want about city forest — maps, photos, trail reviews — are at the website listed below. (The access roads are not listed as trails, but they are closed to traffic and other motorized vehicles, and great for walking with more than one person and/or stroller.)

City Forest

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The Orono Bog Boardwalk will open for the season on Monday, May 1. The walk is an easy one, and very stroller friendly. No bikes or dogs, however. To get there, use the Tripp Road access to City Forest, located off Stillwater between Bangor and Orono. Look for Family Tree Landscaping for the turn. There are blue DOT signs leading the way as well, but the landscaping business is easier to spot.

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Hayford Park is the city’s largest park when it comes to amenities. Located on 13th Street, it is the location of the Beth Pancoe Aquatic Center, Mansfield Stadium, Sawyer (ice) Arena, basketball courts, tennis courts, a volleyball court, and of course, a playground.

Pool fees are minimal — in 2005, $2 a day for resident adults, $1 for resident kids, double that for non-residents 2005 Season Passes to the pool were $20 for an adult, $10 for a kid, and $50 for a family. (Passes must be picked up at the Bangor Parks&Rec building on Main Street.) The pool has two waterslides, a general deep-water swimming area, and a toddler zero-entry area (meaning you just walk in, no stairs, just a gentle grade). They offer swimming lessons and adult lap swim times as well.

Mansfield Stadium hosts all kinds of baseball & softball games, for varying fees. The playground and other courts are free to use. The ice cream truck is a frequent visitor in summer.

Hayford Park is on the west side, on 13th street.

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