YMCA collaborates with Apple Ridge Farm on
the camp’s Aquatic Program
The Kirk Family YMCA and its Aquatic Program continues to provide collaborative support and professional safety training sessions to our certified swimming instructors and life guards
William S. Hubard Swimming Pool
Many inner-city children are not exposed to summer swimming and water safety and retain a fear or belief that they are not able to learn to swim. This lack of ability is one that has a greater risk of accidental drowning, and may further isolate them from others. Apple Ridge Farm seeks to assist youth in overcoming this fear thus removing another social barrier in their lives.
Our Jr. Olympic size pool is available to all our Apple Ridge campers and visitors when lifeguards are on duty. The pool is located off the lower level of the James A. Meador Natural Science Center.
Fun facts about our pool:
- It can be rented for parties or picnics.
- It features a pool side water element with flowing water tumbling over rocks allowing wheel chair bound or reluctant swimmers to play in the water while their friends swim. It is part of our goal to meet the abilities and needs of all our children.
- It is named in memory of Apple Ridge’s first Board Chairman, Bill Hubard, who was a timeless supporter of charitable and civic endeavors in the Roanoke Valley as well as the Commonwealth.
- Although the pool provides fun activities for our campers, it was added to Apple Ridge primarily to offer swimming and water safety instruction to our campers.