Pines Pool celebrates 60 summers

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For the last 60 years, North Shore residents have jumped into the Roslyn Pines Pool as a way to beat the summer heat.

On Saturday, the Roslyn Pines board of directors and local politicians toasted to 60 more with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at the pool’s snack bar.

“It’s really a Shangri-La, a place to get away from the day-to-day,” said Gabriel Gould, a member of the pool’s board of directors. “There’s a lot of other places that are fun, but this place is private and peaceful.”

The pool’s summer season began over Memorial Day weekend. It is open seven days a week through Labor Day.

The pool was initially part of a residence that was later left to the community, officials said.

Over the years, several amenities have been added to the Roslyn Pines Pool, such as its heated capabilities, kiddie area and snack bar.

This summer, Roslyn Pines brought in the Port Washington eatery Wings Plus and its owner, Roslyn native Rick Ritacco, who is on site every day.

“I remember riding my bike here when my friend was a lifeguard,” he said.

The pool last year reduced its membership rates in light of declining annual enrollment and the emergence of public pools in East Hills and others within the Town of North Hempstead.

But Gould said the move has helped Roslyn Pines recover nearly every member it had lost in the last few years.

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