Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. opens private residence pool to public

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) announced this week that he and his wife, Gisele, would open the pool at the private lieutenant governor’s mansion up to those who "wouldn't typically have access." 

The Fettermans said Friday that the pool will be open to Pennsylvania children’s groups and non-profits instead of being used exclusively by their children, according to a release from the Lt. Gov.'s office.

“Swimming comes with a painful legacy of racial segregation. If my children are welcome to swim in the pool that’s paid for by the people of Pennsylvania, every child in Pennsylvania should be invited to do so,” Second Lady Gisele Fetterman wrote in a Facebook post.

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Fetterman and his family decided after he was elected last year that they would not live in the official residence provided to lieutenant governors, which is located on National Guard property about 25 miles from Pennsylvania’s state capital.

Gisele Fetterman will oversee programs at the 30-by-40 foot pool, which will be used for teaching children to swim and other activities organized by nonprofits and summer camps.

“This idea of helping as many kids learn to swim — I can’t think of a finer, better use of the pool,” John Fetterman said.

According to the local CBS affiliate, General Services built a ramp for disability access, patched the pool, built a lifeguard stand and painted safety messages. 

"Groups can be from anywhere within Pennsylvania, and they must provide their own transportation and lifeguards. Limited donated funds are available to assist with lifeguard costs," Fetterman's office said.