April 17, 2024

Greenfield pools its resources with summer in mind

Though on the calendar it is still wintertime, Greenfield officials are looking toward this summer’s pool season. As always, there’s lots to do.

Greenfield resident Eldon Molln spoke to the council at their meeting about the importance of having a swimming pool. He recently spoke with someone whose small town did not have a swimming pool. One result of that was that people weren’t aware of how to swim in a challenging situation. Once that town got a swimming pool, that knowledge spread as people used the pool and better learned to swim because of it.

“I’d like to see us keep our swimming pool so that people who get in an emergency situation in the water have a better chance,” Molln said. “It’s one of those things where you can’t prove it, but it’s like wearing your seat belt or turning your headlights on.”

The council has not decided to get rid of the swimming pool in town, instead much discussion has been held in recent months about the challenges of having an aging swimming pool and how the community can most successfully meet those challenges. A couple of committees have been formed for the purpose of helping the city, as a whole, with these things. The swimming pool reported an overall successfully 2023 season.

Also during the meeting, the council received update that quotes are being gathered for paint to repaint the pool. There’s damage on the south wall of the pool that can be mended, as has been previously done.

Open positions for the upcoming season have been posted and two applications have already been received.

Coverage of the cost of for lifeguard certification is something that will be discussed with the pool steering committee soon.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.