Weather was absolutely perfect on Sunday, June 8, for the grand re-dedication of the Lakeview Community Swimming Pool during a free swim offered to the public from noon to 4 p.m.
Much of the town turned out for the first opportunity of the year to take a plunge, with renovations to the facility recently completed and health inspections approved. The pool doesn’t officially open until June 16, with swim team practices and water aerobics classes for seniors beginning along with open swims for the public.
Several speeches were made by Mayor Mike Patrick, Town Mgr. Ray Simms, Carol Parker of Lakeview Soroptimist, Desi Zamudio of Lakeview Lions, Jim Hufstutter of Rotary Club and a few others instrumental in the fundraising, public works and managing efforts for the renovation. Lakeview Lions Club members presented Patrick with a $10,000 check, the culmination of several fundraising events.
Local clubs, private donations and service organizations such as Soroptimist International, Rotary Club, Lakeview Lions, and Collins-McDonald Foundation were instrumental in raising the remaining costs to cover the approximately $410,000 project coinciding with a $275,000 grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation.
Patrick and Simms shared the honor of cutting the ribbon, and were immediately overwhelmed and knocked aside by an onslaught of kids rushing to be first in the pool. For four hours kids splashed and dove overseen by high school student lifeguards, while Patrick gave away prizes to swimmers such as goggles, towels and squirt guns donated by the 39er Store.
For the non-swimmers there was plenty to do as well, with many vendors from the Lakeview Saturday Market on site near the tennis courts plying their various wares such as jewelry, plants, and homemade honey. The Lakeview Saturday Market will officially open on June 21, operating each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Upgrades to the pool included re-sealing, heating and facility improvements, changing the dimensions to regulation length for swim competitions, and the creation of a small kiddie pool.
Family season swim passes are available for $250, $125 for an individual pass, and $90 for swim team members. Six-day passes are $18.75, and 13-day passes are $37.50. A single-day swim pass costs $4. Swim passes are available at Lakeview Town Hall, call 541-947-2029 for more information.