The pool celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and a good deal of hard work has been made to renovate the facility for this summer. A new diving board was installed last week, and local residents had been enjoying the water even before that.
The Cadiz Record will periodically publish memories submitted throughout the summer. To send in your favorite story of summers past at the pool, email firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to include your mailing address and phone number for verification), stop by our office at 58 Nunn Blvd. in Cadiz or send mail to P.O. Box 1670, Cadiz, KY 42211.
My husband, the late John Banister, was one of the first life guards at the American Legion Swimming Pool in Cadiz, when it first opened under the management of the late Cordie and Mina Thomas. It was his “Claim to Fame”!
When my girls were growing up, we spent a great deal of time at the pool. As a working mother, we went to the pool on Thursday afternoon when I was off from work. There we joined many other mothers and their children, It was a great place to cool off, practice their diving and swimming skills and visit with our friends.
Several generations of Trigg Countians have benefitted from the pool by learning to swim, water safety and spending many fun- filled hours with their friends. Personally, I am grateful to all those responsible for providing the facility for Trigg County’s youth as well as adults to have the wonderful experiende of learning to swim, then swimming in a safe supervised environment throughout its 75 years of existence.
I have many fond memories of the American Legion Swimming Pool, located on famous ?Swimming Pool Hill.? In 1994, my best friend Kerry Sweno and I were approached to help ?save? the pool. In our naiveté (or stupidness), we decided that we were up to the challenge. With the boundless enthusiasm and energy of two public school speech therapists out on summer break, we began the task of gathering our team of professionals, i.e. college and high school students needing a job! With H.B. Quinn as our fearless advisor and Berlin Moore as cheerleader and financial aid counselor, we began the task of cleaning, upgrading and trying to get the pool ready to pass the state health inspections. Leigh Redd and Hollis Alexander jumped on the bandwagon, and we were off to a terrific start.
As our husbands shook their heads in dismay and our children, Ethan and Dori, jumped up and down in excitement, we signed on for the long haul begging, pleading and sometimes coercing others to help. Soon we had money in hand to do a major overhaul, and the pump room and sewer system were scrapped and redone. I remember the wise words of Jim Wallace as we showed him our fine handy work: “Girls, you have just begun the battle of this old pool. There is much work left to be done!” With stars in our eyes and a pool full of laughing children to motivate us, onward we battled. When our first group of managers and lifeguards were exhausted and left for school and better jobs, we found suckers. I mean, dedicated individuals – like Mitchell Bryant, Crystal Fuller, Patti Curling and later, Ronald Bush, to lead the brigade. Whenever it looked like we were on our last pump, with chlorine and water spewing everywhere, a hero would always emerge, be it the Rotary Club, school system, Kentucky Machine and Engineering and the city and county governments to lend us a hand, or usually some dollars. The city and county water departments would come to the rescue and have the pool filled to the brim for the first child to jump in around the first of June.
I remember an entire generation of children enjoying their summer days swimming and playing games at the pool, instead of closed up in the house playing video games. They lived for the greased watermelon races, ice day, Marco Polo and WENK hosting “Back to School” day, as well as birthday parties and church parties at the pool. Many children learned to swim and were loved and tended to at the ole “Swimming Pool on the Hill.” I treasure my memories of friendships made, gossip told, books, read, naps taken and swimming laps on top of that hill. May it entice another generation of children to enjoy the fresh air and exercise at the pool this summer!
I encourage others to write of their memories of the pool. That tank has had quite a bit of excitement over the years!