SPRINGVILLE—Now that summer has officially made an appearance and school is out, parents and kids alike will be looking for ways to spend their days. Though there are endless possibilities within the Western New York region, the surrounding area has some closer-to-home options.
Springville Youth Incorporated’s community pool opens Friday, June 23. The pool is open seven days a week and offers an opportunity to cool down in the traditional way. The South Buffalo Street pool opens daily at 1 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. every day except Tuesday and Thursday, when it closes at 6 p.m.
Visitors can jump in for a $1 daily fee or get a season pass. Individual season passes cost $30 or families can get a pass for $60 for up to six people, each additional family member will be $10. Season passes can be purchased online or at the pool house.
SYI also offers swim lessons for ages 6 months and older for a $30 fee. Swim lessons begin July 10 and run through Aug. 17. Lessons are Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. All lessons are one hour.
Visit SYIOnline.org or call 289-6364 for more information.
Looking to cool down without having to swim? The village’s Spray Park opened June 17. Located at the corner of Franklin Street and North Central Avenue, the park is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no fee to enjoy the park, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For those who like their summer activities a little drier, the Franklin Street Skate Plex is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to all ages. The park features a variety of apparatus for bikes, blades or skateboards. The adjacent Heritage Park has a ¼ mile walking path for those who want to spend a little time getting exercise. For a longer walk, the Pop Warner Rail Trail runs for 1.7 miles through the village. While it crosses some streets, the tree-lined trail is perfect for an escape from village life.
Heading outside the village boundaries, Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area offers a two-mile marked hiking trail. The Holcomb Pond Trail drops down steadily from the road taking hikers through a mixed hemlock and hardwood forest to the rim of the gorge. The trail follows along the rim before looping back up to the road. Hikers can access the trail at either the Holcomb Pond parking lot or the Ross Pond parking lot.
Griffis Sculpture Park, in East Otto, provides walking areas and climbable sculptures. One of America’s oldest and largest sculpture parks, Griffis has more than 250 large-scale sculptures between miles of hiking trails. There is a $5 admission for adults, but children under 12 are free. Located at two sites, on Rohr Hill Road and Mill Valley Road, Griffis offers a unique take on art and hiking. Check them out online at GriffisPark.org.
Though this is just a sampling of attractions to help kick off summer, there are plenty of days to explore the surrounding areas and spend your summer.