'The pool is crumbling'
by Alan Reed -- areed@cadizrecord.com
Apr 26, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
American Legion Swimming Pool Manager Jan Woodall admits her facility “needs some major dollars, or we will lose the facility.”

Addressing the April 18 Trigg County Fiscal Court Session, she asked the county to provide $5000 to begin operations, and discussed a $75,000 grant, which would require the raising of an equal amount to be matched.

“Last year, it took about $2500 to start up. That covered cleaning the pool, bleaching it, cleaning the yard, and some general maintenance, such as painting and pump maintenance,” she told the court.

“We have a broad range of people who use the pool. Mostly, we are a public babysitting service for kids, and really don’t mind that.” In a later interview, Woodall explained the value offered by the pool. “For four dollars a day, we supervise kids from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.”

She also felt a strong sense of community and nostalgia of the pool. “We have a strong sense of history. Everyone has a story about who taught him or her to swim at the pool. I remember when (Judge) Jamus Redd was a lifeguard there.”

Woodall believes the American Legion Pool serves many functions, as a venue for swimming lessons, athletics-including a workout for swim team prospects, and for parties after normal pool hours.

Speaking to the court, Woodall pointed out “We can see Trigg County finds their youth to be important. The Rotary Auction demonstrated that.”

Though the $5000 was needed immediately to begin operations on Memorial Day Weekend, the larger amount solicited would be used for broader long-term improvements. Woodall aspires to include a cement liner as well as improve the shower facilities.

“The pool is crumbling, and we haven’t got the budget to do more than patch holes in it. Usually by June, the patches are failing,” she explained. “It needs a permanent solution, or we will lose it.”

County Judge Executive Berlin Moore answered, “$75,000 may be hard to find. This may take a joint effort between several agencies and the private sector.”

Woodall agreed that was the solution and explained that she was soliciting contributions not only from various governmental bodies, but local industry, private organizations and might ask private citizens to contribute as well.

For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.
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