Roving Reporter | "Santa Swims" | Photos and Text by Jeanette Larson

Champion skateboarder, Kyle Mendoza
Santa made a visit to Rockport's Aquatic & Skate Park on Thursday, December 22, 2016. In addition to taking photos with local children, Santa congratulated the winners of the Skateboarding Championship and admired the wreaths created with pool flotation devices. Becky Fox won the pool wreath competition with her re-use of a pool noodle to create a green wreath.

Although it is warmer in Rockport than at the North Pole, Santa admired the new towel warmer. The pool is heated to 84 degrees but it can be a challenge to emerge from the warm water on cool days! These activities and improvements are the brainchild of pool manager, Joe Riekers.

Skateboarding Competition winners were:
Kyle Mendoza--1st prize
Justin Ramirez--2nd place
Ryan Ramirez--3rd place

Pool Manager, Joe Riekers, and Santa welcome swimmers
Skaters head for the park
A BIG rubber ducky
Everyone enjoys a warm towel after a swim
A few elves
Santa and swimmers

Jeanette Larson is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.

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