The 2009 season of swimming at the City Pool kicked off with a bang at “Splash Day” last Saturday. Over 90 kids enjoyed swimming and hot-dogs throughout the afternoon. Splash Day was funded by free-will donation with approximately $175 collected. Ongoing donations can be dropped off at the swimming pool, City office or in the donations jar at the Chamber of Commerce. Checks are welcome, payable to the City of Mason, and will go directly into the swimming pool account.
Citizen’s committee members Sheri Jordan, Harold Hoerster, Martha Vacek, and Richelle Joy all worked diligently serving our community on Splash Day. Richelle Joy, representative for Alpha Beta Psi, sacrificed much of her time to ensure the picnic pavilion area was ready to go for Splash Day. Steve Jordan, along with Mr. Hoerster, cooked for us in the scorching heat while Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Vacek served. Our lifeguards for the 2009 season made their debut and include Tantha Lange, Dillon Estes, Lauren Keith, and Chase Crouch. We are very pleased to welcome back returning lifeguards Ben Bjork, Jayton Henrich, and head lifeguard - Chelsea Price! Chelsea has already been instrumental as assistant to new pool manager, Sherry Alm.
I’m proud to say that because of our Citizen’s Pool Committee that our community pool was able to re-open this summer. Earlier this year the committee began meeting and planning to make this possible. Other members have included City Commissioner, Bob Vacek, and John Schaft. Together with assistance from Mayor Hinckley, the City Commissioners, and the City of Mason, we have been able to bring our pool back to life for six days per week of public swim. Please take the time to tell all of these people that you appreciate their support and to the Citizen’s Committee for their tireless effort in assisting with the pool project and Splash Day. We also owe gratitude for the generous donation to the Riata Service Organization. We appreciate all the people who have purchased swim shirts, helped with personal donations, and assisted with the initial fundraising bake sale. There is one gracious organization however that has worked behind the scenes for months to build the new covered pavilion, just outside the pool area. Alpha Beta Psi has spent thousands of dollars to erect the picnic party area to be used in conjunction with pool parties. For private pool rental, call 325-805-1278 Tuesday - Saturday from 8:00 - 5:00. This number is a separate City phone line for reservations.
Mason National Bank is once again offering their supportive “Read & Swim” program this season. If you read for one hour at our Library, you will receive a pass for one free swim session. First State Bank has kindly donated funds to assist with swimming lessons, also. Call Sheri Jordan at 325-258-4416 to register for swim lessons. Mrs. Jordan has details on cost and dates of swim lessons.
Plans are also underway for an adult only swim time, water aerobics, and possibly swim time for physical therapy patients. If you are interested in teaching an aerobics swim class or in working to install a physical therapy swim session, call 325-805-1278. We need professional assistance to get these classes started. We also have a group of parents who are interested in developing some sort of youth swim meets. Our next Citizen’s Committee meeting will be Thursday, June 25th at 5:00 at the City Pool picnic pavilion. Anyone is welcome to attend. The agenda will include the idea of whether or not we can form swim sporting meets in the future. Continue to watch for details…
So stop by the pool for a swim this summer and check out the completed picnic pavilion area to plan your next birthday party or family get-together. Hours of operation, entry fees, and swim passes for the pool are listed in a separate ad in this issue of the newspaper.