Greg Nickels just proclaimed next Tuesday "Olympic Day," wherein we commemorate the founding of the modern Olympic games. You see, on June 23, 1894, Baron

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Olympic Day Means Free Swimming!

Greg Nickels just proclaimed next Tuesday "Olympic Day," wherein we commemorate the founding of the modern Olympic games. You see, on June 23, 1894, Baron Pierre de Coubertin convened the first meeting of the International Olympic Committee at the Sorbonne in Paris. (The Sorbonne, incidentally, was one of Max Fischer's "top schools.")

So to celebrate properly, on what is also the second day of summer vacation for Seattle public school students, the city is offering free swimming in the city's pools, as well as other recreational opportunities. (One can always swim for free in the lakes, of course.) The free pool hours are limited (see the release after the jump) and it may be a little crowded, but four pools on the list--Madison, Meadowbrook, Queen Anne, and Southwest--feature the staggered diving boards you'll need to attempt the Triple Lindy, performed above by Thornton Melon.

Full release after the jump:

Mayor proclaims June 23 'Olympic Day'

City offers free events at community centers and free swims at pools

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels announced today that June 23 will be celebrated citywide as "Olympic Day," and will feature free drop-in programs at all Seattle community centers and free swims at pools.

"Seattle is a great place for recreation and we want to encourage people to enjoy themselves and all that the city has to offer," said Nickels.

On Olympic Day, the city of Seattle will offer free drop-in programs at all community centers and free swims at pools, according to the following schedule:

Ballard Pool: 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.

Evans Pool: 7 to 8 p.m.

Helene Madison Pool: 2 to 3 p.m.

Meadowbrook Pool: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Medgar Evers Pool: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Mounger Pool: 6:35 to 8 p.m.

Queen Anne Pool: 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Rainier Beach Pool: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Southwest Pool: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Olympic Day is a worldwide commemoration of the 1894 founding of the modern Olympic Games. On June 23, 1894, Baron Pierre de Coubertin convened the first meeting of the International Olympic Committee at the Sorbonne in Paris. National Olympic committees throughout the world participate in the international celebration, with each Olympic committee sending Olympic Day greetings to participating nations. At the urging of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley during the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in January, Nickels joined fellow mayors from across the country in a collective pledge of support for hosting the Olympic Games in Chicago in 2016.

For a list of community center and pool locations and contact information, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers.asp and http://www.seattle.gov/Parks/Pools.asp.

 
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