De Soto dives into pool opening
Soon after the gates of the De Soto Family Aquatic Center opened Friday, Sheryll Schmidt approached De Soto City Councilwoman Mitra Templin to thank her for her work to make the new pool possible.
"I think it's been a long time coming," Schmidt said after thanking Templin. "A lot of people did a lot of work for it."
A few minutes earlier in short speeches before the cutting of a ribbon to open the pool, Templin acknowledged others who had a hand in the new pool, including former Mayor Steve Prudden, who starting the ball rolling for a new pool when he appointed her to a De Soto Planning Commission pool committee in 1999.
In his remarks, Mayor Dave Anderson told the crowd of children awaiting their first swim to thank their parents for voting to approve the $2.6 million bond issue that built the pool.
With the ribbon cut and gate raised, there was no indication of buyer's remorse for the parents attending the grand opening. "Great," "awesome" and "wonderful" were the words often used to describe the pool.
"I'm really excited," said Kay Speed, who helped with the campaign for the pool. "I think it's going to be very crowded."
With warm weather, that has been the case since the pool's opening, pool manager Justin Huslig said.
"We've been at about capacity every day," he said.
The only exception was Monday when heavy rains shut down the pool for what would have probably been a very busy Memorial Day.
"Rain days are a blessing," Huslig said. "We don't want too many of them, but they let us catch our breath when they come."
The computer was having problems recognizing passes, but operation of the pool had gone very well, Huslig said.
Among those checking out the pool Friday was Treadwell Jones, a Larkin Aquatic architect who designed the pool.
"I think the community was very lucky to get this quality of facility for the money it spent," he said, noting that it was designed so that added features could be installed at a later date. "This should be here for 40 years."