LifeTown in Livingston celebrated the grand opening of the Diane and Robert Goldberg Pool and Jacobs Aquatic Therapy, its new, zero-entry accessible pool, on October 25. The ceremony included a ribbon cutting, dinner, and special guest appearance by Lenny Krayzelburg, the Olympic gold medal swimmer. Mr. Krayzelburg joined Friendship Circle families, fans, and VIPs.
The LifeTown pool features interactive therapeutic play equipment, spray jets for aquatic therapy, an endless pool feature that provides a current, a desert air system to balance the air temperature in and out of the pool, and a specially designed ceiling to manage the acoustics for sensory sensitivity.
“Watching the children enjoy our new pool at LifeTown has been incredible,” Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum, LifeTown’s CEO, said. “The joy on each child’s face when they play in the water is priceless. Having Lenny Krayzelburg to help celebrate this important milestone for the community was the icing on the cake.”
Mr. Krayzelburg won four Olympic gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and held world records in the 50, 100, and 200-meter backstroke events. In 2005, he started the SwimRight Academy, with locations across the country.
“Learning to swim is an essential activity in every child’s development, as it emphasizes the importance of water safety while offering them opportunities for recreation, therapy, or competition,” Mr. Krayzelburg said. “The LifeTown pool provides a safe environment for children of all abilities to cultivate their swimming skills, and I’m excited to be part of the grand opening.”
It was critically important to its founders to include a pool in the LifeTown facility, at least in part because swimming is one of the four things the Talmud tells us we must teach our children.
As seen on “Good Morning America” in September, the 53,000-square-foot LifeTown center also includes the LifeTown Shoppes, a simulated city block where students cans practice and reinforce life skills. It also includes an indoor therapy playground, sensory room, art studio, kitchen, and much more. For more information about the pool, go to www.LifeTown.com/Pool.