Melissa Nieman

YMCA Receives Grant to Renovate Recreational Area

Aug 21, 2015

  A grant given to the YMCA of the Northwoods has allowed for an improved recreational area for the community. The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation donated $5,000 to the YMCA to install sound baffles. Aquatics Director Melissa Nieman says the change has been significant.

 “If you’ve been into our swimming pool before, it’s a lot of open space, and the noise level was really intense we couldn’t hear during our swimming lessons. The big one was communication for our lifeguards; it was really hard for them to hear.”

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With summer weather arriving in the Northwoods, health officials are reminding the community to practice healthy swim habits. 

This week is designated Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. 

The Oneida County Health Department says using life jackets and knowing CPR can prevent drowning and other injuries in the water. 

Melissa Nieman, Aquatics Director at the YMCA of the Northwoods, says she hears about lots of young kids going to the lake without parental supervision.  But she encourages parents to keep a close eye on their kids in the water.