It is the second new swimming pool installed by our Parks and Recreation Department in two years to replace aging pools. Department Director Patti Pettit and her staff, plus the city staff involved with the new pool, are to be congratulated.
While the work progressed the past few months, neighborhood children were able to ride a bus to the South Cleveland Community Center pool, which was completed last year.
The new pool and related concession stand and other work were funded from the city’s Federal Community Development Block Grant, plus the Parks and Recreation Department.
Mosby Park includes a playground, picnic pavilion, basketball courts and a water splash pad, as well as the new pool. And, adjacent to the park is the historic College Hill Community Center which was renovated during the past few years.
City pools normally open Memorial Day weekend and close after Labor Day. However, since the new pool opened only four days before the start of the new school year, swimming at Mosby Pool is free and the swimming facility will stay open as long as the weather remains warm.
The new pool is a reminder of all the recreational opportunities our city offers, from the soccer complex to Waterville Golf Course (also recently renovated). The city's third pool is at Tinsley Park. That park also includes acres of walking trails, tennis courts and softball fields.
There are numerous other parks scattered around town, including the beautiful Fletcher Park. The Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, a linear park itself, continues to grow in popularity and added features including the new pavilion at Raider Drive along with the children’s playground area.
The entire Inman Street community is to be applauded for coping with construction for the half-million dollar pool at Mosby Park all summer. Their patience will pay off now with swimming recreation and competition for many summers to come. Mosby is the home pool for the Water Dogs Swim Team.
The Mosby Park pool is the next step toward bringing new energy to the Inman Street area. Neighborhood leaders, interested citizens and city staff are looking at plans to encourage even more development and fresh ideas for one of our city's most historic and important gateways.
It is just another example of carrying through on our motto, “The City With Spirit.”