By Emma Marsano
Special to the Almanac
A picture-perfect poolside party was held at the Belle Haven Pool in Menlo Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, designed to make the community more aware of pool programs and activities.
The event offered everything from a raffle (Giants tickets, anyone?) to a spread of healthy snacks sponsored by the Willows Market.
The Belle Haven aquatic community headed by Olympic gold-medalist Brenda Villa joined with the Menlo Masters, a swim team based at Burgess Pool, to make Sunday's event possible.
Some of the Menlo Masters who volunteered at the event ran a waterproof craft station, where kids could take a break from swimming to make colorful duct tape wallets. "We want to show the community what they can do at the pool," a volunteer said.
According to Villa, many families were not even aware that the pool existed before this summer. When Villa was hired to work with Belle Haven's aquatic outreach program in April, she made it her mission to publicize the facilities and to organize water polo and swim teams for kids in the community.
"I grew up in an area kind of like this; my town sponsored swim teams and water polo teams, and that's what got me to Stanford and to four Olympic games," she said of her determination to make Belle Haven's programs a success.
For more information about Menlo Swim and Sport activities at Belle Have Pool, click here. The pool is at 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park.