"It would've obviously been a big loss to the kids. If this pool wasn't here, I'm not sure what a lot of these kids would do with their time. I mean there's not a lot to do around here," Blakemore said.
The pool was almost in danger of closing because of improvements they had to make in the same year. Both to the filtration system and to the handicap accessible railing. Both of those cost around $14,000, but through private donations, they believe they can keep the pool open throughout the rest of the summer.
As executive director Ben Bumbry looks out to see all the kids playing, he wasn't worried about closing down because he knew the community wouldn't let that happen.
"My head life guard asked me the same thing. He says Mr. B, do I need to look for another job. I said no, unless you want to go somewhere else. We'll get the money," Bumbry said.
Blackmore believes this is much more than just a pool for kids to splash around and jump into... it's a family oriented place.
"We have a real connection with the kids. I mean we talk to them almost every day, we know them all by name. So it's a little bit of a different feel than most pools because we know all the kids," he said.
Bumbry says because of the upgrades, there won't be any more repairs or upgrades for as long as 5 years.
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