Community spirit keeps swimming pool going

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Across the country, public swimming pools are closing left and right.

But the Huntington community has once again found a way to keep the A.D. Lewis Community Center pool going. Thursday, the pool opened again for the summer season with a ribbon cutting and plenty of celebratory fanfare — and for good reason.

The 59-year-old structure — the last of the city’s public pools — has faced challenging repair costs for the last several years. The pool closed in the summer of 2011, but a $40,000 grant from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the West Virginia Legislature helped patch the concrete, replace pipes and pumps and reopen the pool in 2012.

But the pool continued to have problems with its pumping system, and this year, it was a good corporate citizen and volunteers that came to the rescue…

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