Cadiz pool celebrating 75 years
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor - jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
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The American Legion Swimming Pool in Cadiz will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year.

The pool, which was a project of the Work Progress Administration developed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is the oldest WPA pool still in operation in Kentucky, pool manager Cindy Westerfield said.

Westerfield said there will be an application for the pool to be designated a historic landmark as part of the 75th anniversary.

“We’ve got something to celebrate,” Westerfield said. “You don’t find many pools that are 110 feet-by-60 feet-by- 10 feet deep. It’s really unusual. We’re reaching out and hoping to have a celebration.”

The pool, located on Swimming Pool Hill west of downtown Cadiz, was open for Memorial Day weekend and will be open daily beginning Thursday. Pool hours will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

“This was the first year the pool was open on Memorial Day in a while,” Westerfield said. “The school calendar hurts us a little early this summer, but we do have a lot going on.”

Westerfield said the later hours on Tuesday and Thursday were set in the hopes that families would have time together at the pool during the week.

“We’re hoping some of the parents that work will come by the pool to be with their kids after work,” Westerfield said.

Westerfield planned to meet with the Cadiz Rotary Club on Tuesday to discuss possible funding assistance for a new diving board.

“Hopefully we will have the diving board by the first or second week of June,” Westerfield said.

In addition to extended concessions, Westerfield said Sunday will feature special prices and be earmarked as a Family Day.

“They can come from church, hang out at the pool and get by real cheap,” Westerfield said. “It’s very budget-friendly.”

Cost on Family Day will be $10 for a family of three, $12 for four and $15 for five.

Westerfield said clean-up has been the first priority for preparing the pool for summer use. The pool was checked and approved for opening by the Trigg County Health Department.

“We’ve done some pressure washing, taken up the old carpet in the girls restroom, painting, cleaning, scraping, scrubbing, a lot of general cleanup,” Westerfield said. “The water is nice.”

Other work included compliance with the Virginia Graham Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which requires pools and spas to be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers.

“We had to reconfigure the drain size and put in a protective grate covering to be up to code,” Westerfield said. “All that’s been done.”

The pool holds 236,000 gallons of water, which Westerfield said was up to 74 degrees as of Friday.

“It’s getting more comfortable,” Westerfield said. “It can get up to the 90s during the summer, so we might have to have an Ice Day.”

Special events with 4-H and Drug Abuse Resistance Education have been scheduled, and other activities will be added, Westerfield said.

“Every hour of swimming, we have to have a 15-minute break, and we’re utilizing that time to do something different to entertain and teach the kids,” Westerfield said. “It could be anything from karaoke to physical fitness or stories.”

Swimming lessons will be available Monday-Friday in morning and afternoon sessions June 15-19 and July 6-10.

Adult Swim Time will be from 9-10:45 a.m. Monday-Friday beginning next week. Aquacise (for 18 and older only, $2 per person) will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

“That will be a time for the adults to enjoy the pool alone,” Westerfield said.

The pool will be available for parties nightly except for Tuesday and Thursday.

Admission is $4 per person (children 2 and under free). Passes are also available – $35 for 10-days, $60 for 20 and $75 for 30.

Season passes are $100 for students or adults, $200 for family household of four, $225 for household of six and $250 for household of eight.

The pool will be open through Sunday, Aug. 30. After school resumes Aug. 6, the pool will be open from 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Evening parties will still be available other days.

“We’re hoping all these changes will make a positive impact on the pool and help the kids realize that we have a wonderful thing here in Trigg County,” Westerfield said.

The pool is now under the administration of the Trigg County Fiscal Court, but it also receives a good deal of support from the City of Cadiz, Westerfield said.

“Rotary has been a big contributor to the pool over the years, too,” Westerfield said.

For more information, call the pool at 522-9966.
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