Beverly Pool continues through community
To encourage summer fun for the whole family, the Beverly community came together to keep and maintain the Beverly Pool.
A few years ago, the pool was on the brink of closure because the cost was too much for the Village of Beverly to absorb.
With the dedication of volunteers and local government, the pool remains an asset to the community and even thrived during a global pandemic.
“If we look at this past summer, the village was committed to getting the pool opened so the kids had something to do. We really worked hard to have the safety guidelines to get the kids out there to have some recreation with their family,” Amista Naylor, Beverly Waterford community pool group member, said.
With help from the Marietta Community Foundation, the pool holds a fundraiser each year and this past year, over $11,000 was raised.
“We had huge support from our local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce. Several businesses in town donated prizes and they all allowed them to come to their offices and do the drawing each day,” Naylor said.
Students from Fort Frye High School also help maintain the pool by grant writing and selling raffle tickets through their civic engagement course for which they receive college credit.
“We got to talk with those kids to (help them) understand the bigger picture that it’s not just a pool,” Naylor said. “It’s good for the kids to learn more about community economic development as a whole and what it means to be a civic leader.”
Beverly Mayor Jim Ullman said if it hadn’t been for the efforts of the community, the pool would not be open.
“Our pool is not a pool to make money, and that’s why the community is so important to help keep it open. I think we really gained last year, to give an opportunity for the families who were confined to their homes for so long just to get out and have some fun,” he said.
Last summer, the Beverly Pool was one of the only pools in the surrounding area that was open and Naylor said people from neighboring communities would come to swim.
“We were concerned we were going to have people from outside and we wanted to prioritize our community members,” she said. “They really did a nice job of managing that, at one point they decided to open an hour earlier, it encouraged local people to come earlier.”
Several times throughout the summer, the pool hit capacity. The pool will be open again this coming season.
“We’ll be open and have a safe environment for everyone to come back this spring,” Ullman said.
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