The 2016 Summer Swim Program closes out Wednesday, June 26 with the annual Perry Hoffman Memorial Water Show at the Kofa Inn. There will be two shows. The first, at 6 p.m., will feature the tots and other younger participants. The second show will be at 7:15 p.m., and will feature the older children and other participants.
Participants in the shows will be demonstrating the skills they learned during the program. The show will feature a performance of the Zipper, which was created by the late Pop Harvey.
There will also be awards for the lifeguards, and the lifeguard king and queen will be announced. There will also be awards for the top swimmers. The total donations and awards for the Esther Beaver Swim-A-Thon will be announced as well.
The Summer Swim Program follows the American Red Cross Learn to Swim and Learn to Swim Better curriculum. The program is conducted by the Pop Harvey Aquatic Association with funding from donors, the Town of Parker and the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
The swim program has used the pool at the Kofa Inn since 2004 as the Town of Parker no longer has a public pool. During the time it was in operation from 1979 to 2003, it’s estimated more than 10,000 local children learned to swim there.
The Kofa Inn is an enterprise of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. The Town of Parker is another major contributor to the program. Many local civic clubs and other organizations also donated to the program.
Admission is free and the public is invited.