Manatee County to dedicate East Bradenton Aquatic Center to honor Willie J. ‘Bro’ Clemons Jr. on June 4

  • May 23, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 23, 2016) – Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources will re-open the East Bradenton Pool with the third annual Splash Into Summer Celebration on Sat., June 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The family-themed event will recognize the legacy of Coach Willie J. “Bro” Clemons Jr., by renaming the pool in his honor.

 During the event, the pool will be open for free and the county and its partners will be providing a variety of exciting activities for park visitors. Children and their families are invited to take part in pool based events such as noodle races and cannonball splash contests as well as fun on the pool deck with hula hooping and limbo. Fun fantastic prizes will be awarded for the winners! Outside of the pool children can explore waterslides and bounce houses, play games and still get wet with water balloon launchers and other water games. Food and snacks will be available for also.


“We are honored to celebrate the Commissioners’ recognition of Coach ‘Bro’ Clemmons’ service to the East Bradenton neighborhood,” said Danny Hopkins, recreation division manager. “Mr. Clemons was well known throughout Manatee County as a coach and mentor for many young athletes moving through the Manatee County school system at the former Lincoln High School and Southeast High School.”


Clemons was active in the community, serving on board for organizations such as the Florida Sickle Cell Foundation and directing youth agencies including the Palmetto Youth Center, 13th Avenue Community Center, and the Police Athletic League.  He died in 2002.


As a way of paying tribute to Coach “Bro” Clemons, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to rename the East Bradenton Pool as the Coach “Bro” Clemons Pool.


Though the event is free and ends at 2:30 p.m., the facility will be open until 4 p.m. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. There is a $2 admission during the summer. The pool is closed on Monday.


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