More than 100 people welcomed the reopening of the historic Cameron City Pool over the holiday weekend, happy to again have a public pool in the neighborhood.
On Tuesday, children in bright swimsuits enjoyed the renovated pool, eating under a pavilion with a new roof and using donated picnic tables and grills. The pool also features new fencing, a new additional metal pavilion, a new water pump and fresh paint on the inside of the changing and shower room building.
The pool shut down five years ago due to problems associated with the gradual aging of plumbing and other fixtures, Mayor Julie Beresford said. However, the entire community came together to restore the pool almost entirely through volunteer work and donations.
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Kenna Lee Cook, left, and Alessa Marie Yocum play in the Cameron Pool on Monday.
"We are so excited to be a part of this," Beresford said. "The whole community came together. We're in a good place."
According to Beresford, the pool had a small opening Saturday with a ribbon-cutting and raising of the American flag.
The unusual pool was built in 1939 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Beresford said. She said the semi-circular shape of the pool may make it the last of its kind remaining in the world. The pool is a 150-foot-wide semicircle with a 75-foot radius. It was built in 1939 as a Public Works Administration project during the Depression.
Co-manager of the pool Austin Warsinsky said in recent years, youngsters would have to go into Moundsville to visit a pool. But the reopening of the city pool will give them something to do close to home this summer.
"I used to come up to the pool when I was little," Warsinsky said. "I think it'll keep kids out of trouble having something to do."
The pool originally was built to serve not only as a recreational facility but also as an emergency 235,000-gallon reservoir for fire protection. City officials decided that Cameron's existing water supply and reservoir were limited after a fire destroyed a store on Main Street in 1935, according to information posted on the national register's website.
Originally, it also had a beach created with sand brought in from Lake Michigan. The sand later was removed because it abraded the filtration system's pipes when the water in the pool was recirculated.