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Aquatics
21st Annual Dog Day at the Pool
Bring your well-behaved dog to the pool for a day of swimming!! After the outdoor pool closes for the summer, all dog owners with their pets are welcome. Swimming for dogs only. All money collected will be used for the Rocky Hill Dog Park, located in Elm Ridge Park.
Days: Tuesday
Date: August 18
Time: 4:00–5:15pm and 5:30–6:45pm Location: Elm Ridge Pool
Fee: $5.00 per dog and $1.00 per person
sea lions swim team
The Rocky Hill Sea Lions Swim Team is a recreational team for ages 6–18. Participating in swim team promotes individual ability as well as team camaraderie. Practice is held Monday– Friday, and attending a minimum of 3 times/ week is recommended. Meets are held in the evenings in July.
Minimum requirements: Must be able to swim 1 length of pool (75’) without stopping and dive into deep water. Swim team does not teach you
Parks & Recreation
Water Quality Matters
With the health of our nation’s rivers declining over the past two decades, now is the time for you to make a real and positive di erence around your home to reduce polluted runo . Here are just some of simple:
1. Nurture native trees, shrubs, and  owers. Native species require no fertilizers or pesticides or watering to keep healthy. They thrive in the local habitat and provide great food and shelter birds, pollinators, and other wildlife.
2. Reduce the size of grass lawns. Lawns limit the amount of water that can soak into the ground and often require large amounts of fertilizers and pesticides. If you do have a lawn, follow the rule “mow high and let it lie.” By letting your grass grow taller, you also let the roots grow deeper, and leaving the clippings provides a natural fertilizer. Altogether, you will improve the lawn’s ability to absorb water, stabilize soil, control weeds, and not dry out.
3. Limit the amount of paved areas and create natural places for the water to soak into the ground. Rain gardens and swales are excellent ways to attenuate and treat runo  from roofs and driveways. Pervious material like gravel, porous concrete, and  eld stone can be used for patios, driveways, and walkways.
4. Plant or grow natural bu ers at the edges of rivers/streams, lakes/ponds, and wetlands. These bu ers, made up of trees, shrubs, woody and herbaceous perennials and ground cover, prevent shoreline erosion, reduce  ood impacts, capture and treat runo  by trapping sediment and removing nutrients, regulate water temperature, and provide food and habitat for wildlife.
5. Reduce or eliminate use of fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals washed from your property with every rainstorm into a nearby waterway where they can cause algal blooms and be deadly to aquatic organisms. Before applying chemicals, get your soil tested to determine what you actually need and if necessary, use only a slow-release, low-concentration fertilizer or natural compost.
If applying pesticides, spot treat only when absolutely necessary and carefully follow the safety guidelines provided.
6. Dispose of pet waste in the trash or a pet-waste processor. It is full of bacteria that can make our waterways unsafe for drinking, swimming and  shing.
Please see out website for more information. www.rockyhillct.gov/wetlands
Public Works
Brush Pickup
The Highway Department collects limbs, branches, brush and shrubs placed at the curb by the residential homeowners. The intent is
to allow residential homeowners to properly dispose of tree and shrub clippings, dead or fallen branches as a result of storms and routine yard maintenance.
The Town of Rocky Hill will have two (2) collections for brush pickup in 2020:
Summer - July 20–24
Fall - September 21–25
For the remainder of the year, brush and leaves may be brought to the Transfer Station at 59 Old Forge Road year round. There is no pick up list as the Town checks each street starting from the east side (Connecticut River) of the Town and works west. Therefore, PLEASE DO NOT CALL to arrange pick up.
The Town reserves the right to limit the amount per property to one truck load or up to (10) ten cubic yards, (6’ wide x 6’ high pile, 8’ long). Amounts exceeding this may be dropped o  at the Transfer Station by the homeowner during normal business hours.
If brush is not removed, an explanation of
why will be left on a door knocker at entrance
of home. Brush Pick-Up is for residential homeowners only, not for commercial properties, apartment or condominium complexes, land clearing and whole tree removals.
how to swim. Swimmer should know basics of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Coaches: Melisha DeMaio and Mark Catania Days: Monday–Friday
Dates: Begins May 26 and runs through July Time: 5:00–6:30pm through July 2; starting July 6 practice will be held M-W-F 4:00–5:30pm; T-TH 4:30–6:00pm
Location: High School Pool
Fee: $165 for residents and $205 for non- residents ($20 discount for additional children) Max.: 80
FOR UPDATES AND AVAILABILITY OF OUR CLASSES AND PROGRAMS PLEASE VISIT: ROCKYHILLCT.GOV/PARKREC OR REGISTRATIONS.RHPARKREC.ORG
lifeguarding course (for ages 15 and up)
The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies, and provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until EMS personnel take over. The course length is approximately 30 hours. Prerequisites: You must be a strong swimmer and at least 15 years old by the  nal class. You must successfully complete 3 swim tests at the pre course session to continue with the course. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
Days: TBA
Date: TBA
Location: High School Pool
Fee: $140 residents, $180 non-residents
Community Development and Public Works
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