Testing the Waters: Local kids get first look at new pool

HARLINGEN — The old pool has a new look.

Lon C. Hill pool was rededicated yesterday following four months of rehabilitation, 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, filters and skimmers which had the clear water glistening a lovely blue-green color.

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

“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 received his laughs from the crowd, and quickly went on to 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.

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