Douglass Park Rededicated
The crowd used the warm June day to officially open the new Douglass Park Pool. The pool, on north Providence, is a favorite of many in the area.
"It's just good, it's close to the neighborhood," Columbia resident Eddie Hollis said.
The pool, built in 1938, needed some improvements. After last year's swimming season ended, crews started to work.
"Obviously with anything that old, 69-70 years old, you have to stop every so often and do some work on it, and that's what we've done," said Mike Hood of Columbia Parks and Recreation.
One of the main attractions is a wall right at the end of the pool.
"I climbed it one time...It's slippery, but if you've got grip you know how to do it," Hollis said.
On top of the wall, Wesport Pools improved the slide, the bathouse, the pool shell, the gutter system, plumbing and mechanical systems.
"We think the pool is in good condition, and should last for another 20-25 years," Hood said.
Douglass Park is about more than just the pool. New sidewalks surround the brand new lighted basketball courts, which play host to the Moonlight Hoops summer basketball program.
The improvements to the park and pool cost just under $450,000, covered by the park sales tax and the Community Development Block Grant program.