The pool will open at 11 a.m. today and close around 2 p.m., but it will then reopen this evening from 4 until 9 p.m. for the Carbon Hill Industrial Board’s Out-of-School Block Party.
Ronnie O’Rear, chairman of the city’s industrial board, said he would like to have an event the last week of every month from the end of school in May until the end of summer so kids in the community would have something fun to do.
“We’re going to try and have one in June and July. We’re just trying to do something positive in Carbon Hill,” O’Rear said.
The cost is $2 for individuals to swim or $10 for a carload. Depending on the weather, there will be a kid zone located next to the pool with inflatable bounce houses and a disc jockey providing music. The kid zone is free to all kids.
“Carbon Hill’s got a pool like nobody else has in Walker County, or probably even in the state of Alabama, as far as size,” O’Rear said. “I just drove by, and it really looks nice. They got it cleaned up, painted up, and it looks really nice.”
The pool was a Works Progress Administration project under the umbrella of the New Deal created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the 1930s. Over the years there has been some wear and tear on the city’s prized possession.
Christy Parr, who has been the pool’s director now going on four years, says the swimming pool is in good shape, especially for its age, and would like to see it remain open all summer.
“I’m hoping [to be open] through the second week in August, but we never know. As old as the pool is, I hate to set a date as far as closing, but we’re always open through the first week of August,” Parr said. “It looks good. It really does look good. It’s old; it’s over 70 years old. ... But, it looks nice.”
With the exception of today’s special hours, the swimming pool will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 until 5 p.m., and from 4 until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for night swimming.
The cost is $3 for daily admission, but the pool has season passes on sale, starting from $50 for one individual, $90 for two, $120 for three, $140 for four and $150 for five.
“June is real, real busy. Our June usually pays for our July and August,” Parr said. “Towards the middle of July, it slows down because everybody’s on vacation, but our regulars are still here until the last day we close.”
A large majority of children look forward to the swimming pool opening every year. For some, it marks the beginning of summer.
“The kids here in Carbon Hill, most of these kids never go on vacation. This is something for them to start the summer off and give them something to look forward to,” O’Rear said. “Hopefully, some more events will be coming up in the summer and as far as the kid zone, it gives the kids that don’t have any money something to do that doesn’t cost them anything. We’re just trying to put a positive spin on Carbon Hill.”