The Wilton Family YMCA is gearing up for summer, which means the bubble is finally coming down from over the Melissa and Mark Nickel 50 meter pool, this Saturday, May 20 (rain date Sunday, May 21). The big bubble goes up every fall (“bubble up”) and then comes down every spring (“bubble down”) and requires over 100 volunteer hands to make it run smoothly.

This year, the Wilton Family YMCA is inviting the community to participate in this fun event–the more hands, the merrier, YMCA officials say. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and should arrive at the Wilton Family YMCA at 404 Danbury Rd. at 8 a.m. (finish time between 12-2 p.m.). Volunteers are asked not to wear open toe shoes; sneakers or work boots are suggested, as well as work gloves if possible. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The Melissa and Mark Nickel 50 meter pool is home to over 300 youth who swim for the Wilton Y Wahoos swim team, is the training site for children who participate in the Race for Chase summer triathlon program, and provides hours of recreational swimming for lap swimmers, Camp Gordyland campers and members. The bubble that houses the Melissa and Mark Nickel 50 meter pool allows the Wilton Family YMCA to provide a long course swimming experience year round.

Volunteers can sign up in the Wilton Family YMCA lobby or call the front desk at 203.762.8384. For more information, contact Randy Erlenbach, senior director of aquatics via email.