After heavy rains last year, the Cashiers Community Pool closed early when a sinkhole spread and washed to areas under the pool. Repairs are complete and the pool is open once again to the community.
Assistant Director Michael Hopkins said he hopes improvements to the pool will increase business and is pleased it’s operational again.
“We miss the kids coming to day camps and all of us as employees were sad to learn of the closure,” said Hopkins in regard to last season’s early closure.
There have been many improvements along with the structural repairs of the pool, including purchasing new ladders, lounge chairs, and a pool vacuum to name a few.
Stephanie Smathers, a lifeguard of 11 years is thrilled the pool is open again.
“We are excited to bring the pool back to the community and hope that people who don’t know that the pool is here for them to use will learn about it and come here,” said Smathers. “It’s a great safe space for kids to swim and play and for adults to relax, and we offer parties, too!”
Kristy McCall, a lifeguard of 5 years, grew up swimming in the Cashiers Community Pool.
“It’s cool that my kids can grow up swimming in the same pool that I did as a child; I am glad that it is open again this year,” said McCall.
The Cashiers Community Pool is open to the public now and will close for the season in late August. An adult must accompany children under 10 years of age. The pool offers open swim rates, swim lessons, season passes, and private parties. For more information about the pool or swimming lessons, click HERE or please call 828-743-6663 or 828-631-2020.
Article by Katie Stewart
Photos by Brian O’Shea
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