Maxwell Pool closes with a splash

When the Maxwell Town Pool opened in June, the Maxwell Parks and Recreation District board speculated whether they could fund operations another year.

At the time, officials anticipated that expenses for the district’s desired recreational activities would again far exceed its revenue, and the pool was considered for the chopping block.

“What we charge for admission doesn’t even come close to covering our cost,” MPR President Kyle Miller said.

But despite the increasing costs of chemicals, equipment, and staff, the Maxwell community did it again, keeping the pool open with their donations and sponsorships, pool officials said.

Manager Sharol Kuska said she could not thank the community enough, especially the individuals and businesses that sponsored free swim days.

“It is so great to have this for the kids, especially in a small town where there is not that much to do, and where there’s not much going on,” Kuska said. “The pool is a safe place they can come and hang out and enjoy themselves.”

Kuska said in addition to the sponsors, she had wonderful lifeguards and volunteers.
“The summer went great,” she said. “We had great numbers, even all the way through the fourth of July and after,” she said. “I’m going to be sad the pool’s closing. We did a lot of great activities. We had barbecues and ice cream socials. I think everything turned out great.”

Although air quality has been fairly poor in Maxwell during the recent fires, only falling ash caused the pool to close during the last week of planned activities.

From Aug. 6-11, kids participated in activities like diving for more than $100 dollars in coins tossed to the bottom of the pool. They had jousting tournaments, various races, Ping Pong tournaments, word games, and other activities.

Daily attendance for the Maxwell Pool has been between 20 to 30 people, most of which are regulars.

Reese Vierra, 10, said she had a great time all summer, and hopes the pool will be open again next year.

“It was fun, and I got to see all my friends,” said Vierra, who has been swimming since she was five. “I came every day, except one day.”

Before closing on Saturday, pool officials served free ice cream sundaes to everyone.

Maxwell Park and Recreations District is now planning for youth basketball, which begins in December. Signups will be held in early October.