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SELMA — Highlighted by a ceremonial first plunge into the deep end by both Selma Mayor Cheryl Oliver and Councilman Mark Petersen on May 25, the town’s public swimming pool at 211 W. Griswold St. is officially open for business.
Visitors agreed the opening could not have come at a better time as temperatures have soared into the mid- to upper 90s over the last two weeks, forcing people to try to find ways to beat the heat.
Also on hand for the celebration along with Oliver and Petersen were Selma Town Council members Ann Williams and Jackie Lacey, Parks and Recreation Director Billy Roach and a collection of swimmers of all ages.
The pool’s history dates to 1962 when a group of more than 200 Selma parents organized to fund and construct the pool as a private membership recreation facility. The pool operated continuously for 57 years as a private membership operation until the town purchased it in 2017.
As part of the grand opening celebration, officials dedicated a plaque honoring both those who built the pool and Ann Gandy, the first female police officer in Selma who taught swimming lessons there during the 1960s and coached a number of award-winning swim teams.
“I was there 57 years ago when the pool first opened and swam there many times since then, so it was very exciting for me to be here when it reopened again,” Williams said.
Featuring a new paint job, new pumps and new furniture along with safety and handicapped accessibility features, the pool has become the Selma Parks and Recreation Department’s summer centerpiece.
In March, town officials signed a $65,300 contract with the Raleigh-based Swim Club Management Group to provide lifeguards, chemicals and pool maintenance. Since the pool is a public facility, it’s subject to county health and building inspections.
Town officials say more than 100 memberships had been purchased as of Memorial Day.
HOURS AND FEES
The pool will be open only on weekends through Sunday, June 9.
Beginning Monday, June 10 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 11, the pool will be open every day from 11a.m. until 6 p.m. except for Sundays when it will open at 1 p.m.
From Aug. 12 through Sept. 2, the pool reverts to a weekend-only schedule.
Selma residents — those who receive an electric bill from the town or pay town property taxes — may purchase an individual summer membership for $50 or a family of four membership for $150 with add-ons for $25 each.
Non-resident individual memberships are available for $75 while a family of four membership is $200 with add-ons for $25 each.
Adult day passes may also be purchased for $10 and $12 respectively, with children’s passes priced at $5 and $7.
Memberships and day passes are available on the town website, www.selma-nc.com.
Pool officials reported over 100 memberships had been purchased as of Memorial Day.
For a separate fee, private swim lessons will be offered and the pool may be rented for private parties on certain dates.
For more information, call Selma Parks and Recreation at 919-965-9841.