Truman pool celebrating 50 seasons

Elizabeth Bennet, 8, prepares to jump off the diving board at the Truman pool while Jade Kain, 10, makes her way up the new rock climbing wall. Also pictured is the new waterside at the pool.

This month marks the 50-year anniversary of Truman’s municipal swimming pool. It opened on July 4, 1967, with 275 people showing up, paying just 25 cents to enter.

These days, the pool is just as popular but has quite a number of new features. These include a water slide, new toilets and sinks in the bathrooms, and a rock-climbing wall, installed earlier this week.

There’s also mini golf and a sand volleyball court outside of the pool, as well as a playground.

In addition, the pool has a concession stand and hosts swimming lessons and water aerobics.

The pool is open every day from 1-9 p.m., but closes from 5-6 p.m. for swimming lessons and water aerobics.

“We’ve had about 50 kids come through so far this year to take lessons,” said Kirsten Bressler, a pool commissioner. “The evening lessons are really popular.”

There are four pool commissioners who have been involved for at least five years each, if not more. They meet at the end of the summer and discuss what they would like to change or add for the next year. Commissioners are Faith Clow, Kim Breamer, Amy Werner and Bressler.

Breamer noted that on Tuesdays, daycares get in for $2, and those days have been busy with many people taking advantage of the deal, especially the daycare at the Truman school.

The pool’s location makes it a hot spot, especially when there is a baseball tournament taking place. Many people from out of town will send their children over to keep them busy.

Because the campground is next door, weekends can be especially busy at the pool.

“We get a lot of regulars here every day, but a lot of new, out-of-towners too,” Bressler explained.

Bressler and Breamer both noted how supportive the City Council has been by listening to requests and working to make sure improvements are made when needed.

“The community has stepped up immensely,” Breamer said. “They’re proud of the pool. Not every small town has something like this.”

Commissioners have routinely sought grant funding. The Martin County Area Foundation gave them funds last year that they used to put in the new slide this year.

“You know the pool’s not a huge moneymaker, but it is a necessity. Where else would the kids go?” Breamer asks.

There will be a 50th anniversary open house at the pool on Thursday, with food being served from 5-7 p.m. and free swimming and mini-golf from 6-9 p.m. There will be tours of the updated facilities.

“The open house is a kickoff to Truman Days,” Breamer said. “It’s important for the community to see the changes that have been made.”

Anniversary can coozies and T-shirts are on sale at the pool and will be sold during the open house.

The pool commissioners are excited that they have been asked to be the grand marshals at this year’s Truman Days parade. They will be riding and walking along with the nine lifeguards on staff, but also are trying to contact alumni from the pool to come back and be a part of the parade.