Reading The Front Porch Times gives us great ideas for enjoying Monona.  Recently we had the pleasure of trying TASTE OF CHINA, a Monona business suggested a few weeks back.  The ideas for summer fun in Monona aside from the pool will be a treat to try this season.  Slip N Slide, Popsicles at Copps , sprinklers and the various parks sound like a blast.  But for us summer in Monona is the pool. 

   For many years we attended the pool but could not swim.  Our youngest two had feeding tubes and trachs that kept them out of the water for several years of their childhood. While the older kids went in the water we watched. 
   During that period we were lucky the Monona Pool allowed us to bring in things like paint brushes, to “paint” the deck around the wading pool with water from buckets– when getting into the water or standing under the cascade of the mushroom was not possible.
   For some reason, perhaps because we could not do it at one point, we live at the pool during the summer.  In addition to afternoon swims we also take swim lessons in the mornings and evenings.  Many nice moments are spent seated at the tables by the concessions stand– feeling a breeze from the park across the street after a swim.  The lifeguards and pool staff feel a bit like extended family members at times because we have watched them grow from high school students to young adults over the years.  A day in summer without going to the pool feels a bit incomplete.
   Over the years we have graduated from the wading pool to the shallow end of the big pool, then to the deeper section.  Now we enjoy being near the slide and boards.  On Fridays we get a thrill watching the dive team do fantastic feats–free entertainment.
   A season pass is a great way to go.  Although we spend a good deal of time at the pool it also allows us to stop in for a ten minute dip. 
   For added fun the parks and library are located within walking distance of the pool.
   Jake Anderson has brought some new features to our pool the past few seasons.  In addition to the various special events during the afternoons the pool now has Flick and Float–movies shown at night.  
    Sunday is a great time to attend the pool.  Evenings there after a weekend of activity are a nice time to relax.  Toys are allowed in the water.  It is a great place for families to spend time together before another week begins.  When traveling for the weekend, returning home to Monona in time to get a dip in on a Sunday extends the ‘away’ feeling just a bit longer before Monday calls.
    For more information about events at the pool in Monona contact:
                 The Monona Community Center–(608) 222-4167
                 The Monona Pool–(608) 222-3098

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