2018-06-07 / Front Page

County pool will remain closed due to lack of certified lifeguards


The pool may be closed, but there is still plenty of fun for kids here in Lincolnton. Making “slime” was just one of the activities at the last “Fun Morning with Mrs. Crook and Mrs. Robertson” at the recre­ation center. The next scheduled event is Friday, June 7, from 9 a.m.-noon for ages pre-k through fifth grade. Cost is $10. Those displaying their slimy creations are (front, l-r) McKinley Smith, Bentley Crook, Georgia Spratlin, John Walker Norman, Larson Turner, Ella Bryant Robertson, (back) Marleigh Smith, Ernest Norman Jr., Kelli Robertson (instructor), Luck Turner, Russell Gibson, J.C. Dunsmore, Allie Drake Robertson, India Wright, Cayden Glaze, and Nicole Crook (instructor). The pool may be closed, but there is still plenty of fun for kids here in Lincolnton. Making “slime” was just one of the activities at the last “Fun Morning with Mrs. Crook and Mrs. Robertson” at the recre­ation center. The next scheduled event is Friday, June 7, from 9 a.m.-noon for ages pre-k through fifth grade. Cost is $10. Those displaying their slimy creations are (front, l-r) McKinley Smith, Bentley Crook, Georgia Spratlin, John Walker Norman, Larson Turner, Ella Bryant Robertson, (back) Marleigh Smith, Ernest Norman Jr., Kelli Robertson (instructor), Luck Turner, Russell Gibson, J.C. Dunsmore, Allie Drake Robertson, India Wright, Cayden Glaze, and Nicole Crook (instructor). It appears there will be no pub­lic pool open in Lincoln County to swim safely, and no instructors to teach Lincoln County children about swimming and water safety. According to Recreation Depart­ment Director LaTrellis Glaze, the pool at the rec center has not opened and may not open, if no li­censed lifeguards can be found.

The pool at the Lincoln County Recreation Center, named after the late Jesse Gunby, is lacking cer­tified lifeguards, and apparently none can be found. It has been open for years during the summer, and swimming lessons have been taught to keep area children safe, not to mention the ability for kids – and adults – to get a brief respite from the sweltering heat, in a clean and safe environment.

“There simply isn’t anyone out there who has time anymore. Moreover, the last certification class offered by the Kroc Center in Augusta was this week, so unless someone has already gone through the class, there’s no way to get that person certified. Right now, I have only one lifeguard and that person cannot start until July due to a pre­vious commitment,” Glaze said.

Glaze also mentioned that, if the pool does open in July, school would start back in just over a month, resulting in limited use of the facility.

The apparent irony is the fact that Clarks Hill Lake, also known as Strom Thurmond Lake, is the third-largest artificial lake east of the Mississippi River, and sur­rounds Lincoln County almost en­tirely. If ever the population of a county needed access to swimming lessons, Lincoln County would surely be at the top of that list, ac­cording to Glaze. Drowning is the leading cause of unintended death in children ages 1-14.

There continue to be activities at the recreation center, however. On Friday, June 8, there will be “Fun Morning with Mrs. Crook and Mrs. Robertson,” and again on June 12. These classes are for Pre-K through fifth grade. Cost is $10. Call 706-359-2236 for more information.

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