After being closed for more than eight years, the Maxwell Public Pool is set to reopen on Saturday, thanks to the work of the Maxwell Parks and Recreation District and a number of Maxwell community members.
Between money set aside by the Parks and Recreation District, fundraisers, and community donations, more than $25,000 was raised for the purpose of reopening the pool.
“Between our fundraisers and donations, I think the community put in somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000, just this last year,” said Randy Wilkins, Maxwell Parks and Recreation president. Wilkins added that the Charter family and Alsco-Geyer, in particular, deserved a special thank you.
As for Saturday’s grand reopening, Wilkins said that the Parks and Recreation board members are expecting it to be a well-attended event.
“I think that we’ll be at capacity for the opening. This is a chance for our sponsors to see their work pay off. The community has been great. The response has been great, from kids all the way up to parents who used to use the pool when they were younger,” said Wilkins.
As a part of the pool’s grand reopening festivities, there will be a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 PM, and a free hotdog lunch for those in attendance. The community will also have the opportunity to swim for free from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
Later that night, Parks and Recreation will also be hosting a free movie night at the Maxwell Little League field. They will be showing the kids movie “Zootopia,” which starts at 8:30 PM.
Last week, the Parks and Recreation board voted to approve nearly $4,000 in expenditures to put the finishing touches on the pool, as well as the hours of operation and entrance fees.
After this weekend, the pool will be open on Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 12 PM for adult swim, 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM for general swim, and 6 PM to 7:30 PM for family swim. On Saturday, only general swim will be offered, from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The cost of daily admission is $1 for children and $1.50 for adults, but a season pass can be purchased for $35 per individual or $130 per family.
The pool will be closed to the general public on Sundays, but will be available for rental. The rate for renting the pool is $80 for the two-hour minimum, and $50 for every hour thereafter.
“The community is excited. I think we have eight parties booked already,” said Wilkins. “The response is just tremendous. We love it.”