In what was her last ribbon cutting ceremony as director of Parks and Recreation for Dawson County, Lisa Henson welcomed county employees, county commissioners and friends to the new pool house at Veterans Memorial Park on June 14.
After a quick tour of the 1,650 square foot building, which opened to the public June 4, Henson cut the ribbon for the new building, which has replaced the pool house that stood at the front entranced of the park for over 40 years.
The new building is 550 bigger than the old, with a new “shack” for lifeguards so that they can take up money, come in out of the sun on rotation, get a snack and sit in the air conditioning- which is also a new and probably the most exciting feature for the whole building.
The lifeguard shack is also now separate from the
concessions stand, which has a large room of its own, currently stocked with
snacks to last the season.
Restrooms for both men and women contain cubbies for storage as well as divided showers. A storage room holds equipment for aerobics classes and swim lessons, and an automatic sunscreen dispenser, one of many obtained for the county by A Divine Beauty Boutique and Spa through a grant, is mounted to the wall between the restrooms.
Also new is an overhang that shelters the right side and back of the building, giving much needed permanent shade for concessions snackers and those who need a break from the sun.
The pool was retiled, plastered and repainted five years ago, and has been completely redone two times since it was built in the early 70s.
“This has been a vision of ours for a long time and we’re just really thankful,” Henson said. “We’re getting great feedback on the building and all of the accommodations.”
The new building was constructed with SPLOST VI funds. Demolition of the old building and construction of the new building cost $485,00.
Pool hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through August 1, and weekends only Aug. 2 through Sept. 3. The cost is $3 per day and season passes are available at Rock Creek Park and online.