Students enjoy swim at rededication of Lon C. Hill pool

HARLINGEN — The old pool has a new look.

Lon C. Hill pool was rededicated following four months of rehabilitation today, and approximately 50 second-graders from Crockett Elementary gave it a shakedown swim.

The work on the pool, $245,000 worth, mostly was funded by a Community Development Block Grant.

It was re-tiled, and the deck refurbished. And the pool at Lon C. Hill Park also received new pumps and filters, and skimmers that had the clear blue-green water glistening.

“I think I wore the wrong suit,” said Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell. “I should have worn my swimsuit. That may have scared some of the children, though.”

Boswell got his laughs from the crowd, and went on to the praise the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and its citizen advisory board, the Community Development Block Grant advisory board for finding the money, and the city’s engineering and maintenance departments for their roles in the pool renovation.

The Lon C. Hill pool, which used to be the pool at an American Legion post before it was given to the city, is at least 70 years old, said Javier Mendez, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The pool will open to the general public on May 28.

For more on the story read Saturday’s Valley Morning Star.