Happy shouts and splashes filled the air at the grand opening of the Mosby Park Pool Friday.
City leaders gathered on the newly paved deck out of splashing range to cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Despite the late opening, all present seemed pleased with the project’s completion.
“I have been looking so forward to it. It’s been a lot of hard work,” Parks and Recreation director Patti Pettit said.
David Sheldon of Pool Management, Inc. said he was excited to see the project completed.
She said the pool will be open next week: Monday all day, Tuesday from 1 to 8 p.m. and then 4 to 8 p.m. for the remainder of the week.
The city department has 40 lifeguards who rotate shifts at all of the city pools.
“We do not have certain lifeguards for certain pools. We want them to learn each pool and how each pool works,” Pettit said.
The project was partially funded through the Community Development Block Grant.
Grant coordinator Teresa Torbett said the grant contributed $200,000 to the project. These funds were combined with Park and Recreation department funding.
“It really looks nice. It is just above expectation. I know there was some concern because it was taking a little long, but I guess anything good is worth waiting for,” Mayor Tom Rowland said.
In order to make up for lost time, admission to the Mosby Pool will be free this season.
“I think we have a first class facility here,” At-Large Councilman Richard Banks said. “This is the second pool that we have built in the past couple of years. … The children are all out there playing, happy in this pool and we hope they will be for years to come.”
Neighborhood children were given the opportunity to swim at other pools in the area through city transportation from the recreation center before the pool was complete.
“It’s something to be proud of today,” Rowland said. “Something the community can be proud of.”
Community member Alma Dotson said the pool was part of “bringing the beauty back” to the area.
“This is a start, and we are just looking for some other really good things to happen and come back to this community,” Dotson said.
Pettit said the pool will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays and be open on the weekends until Labor Day if the weather holds out and lifeguards are available.