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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Staff Writer
For less than the price of a gallon of gas, you can enjoy a day in the sun and keep cool this summer without leaving Springfield.
Springfield's public pool is an affordable option to gassing up the minivan and heading out on the road.
While gasoline prices continue to rise, so do the temperaments of Washington County drivers, and an increasing number of residents are seeking local alternatives.
“It's still one of the most cost-effective ways to entertain your children,” said Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith. “It's also great exercise, there's no better exercise than swimming.”
The pool was built in 1950 at a cost of $75,000 and opened in 1953. Local businessman Sam Nally donated most of the raw materials, with several local clubs and civic organizations pitching in to complete the project.
It could possibly be the oldest municipal pool still in use in Kentucky, which leads to obvious maintenance issues over the years. A significant leak was repaired earlier this year.
“It was pretty bad,” said Glenn Mattingly, Springfield's public works director and person in charge of maintenance of the pool.
The leak was around the sides of the pool where it joins the floor. Repairing the leak saved nearly one million gallons of water.
Mattingly inspects the pool on a daily basis and believes that it is in remarkable shape for a pool its age.
“I don't know of any (pool) built in that time period in an operational state as good as this one,” said Mattingly.
Besides the structural safety of the facility, an emphasis is placed on the safety of the public visiting the pool. All lifeguards are certified by the American Red Cross and trained in CPR as professional rescuers. The pool also has an on-site Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
“The city has never denied anything that we need,” said Sarah Haydon, who has worked at the Springfield Pool since 1983. “They have always been really good about that. They understand the need to have the facility safe.”
Swim lessons are also being offered this summer. The last session starts on July 21 and ends July 31.
Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 13 and under and free for children under 1-year-old.
The pool, located on Armory Hill Road, is open Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m., with night swims on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.
For more information, contact the Springfield Pool at (859) 336-5447.