City helps secure Lufkin Boys & Girls Club pool's future

Lufkin Councilman Phil Medford
Lufkin Councilman Phil Medford

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Last June, reports surfaced about the possibility of the Lufkin Boys & Girls Club losing funding for its public pool.

The city says that story doesn't hold water.

Alexis Law, 10-years-old, is confident in the water -- a proud member of the "Shark" swim team.

She says it's all because of the club's aquatics program.

"I wouldn't be able to swim. I didn't know how to swim until I came here," said Law.

The swim team is run by the Boys & Girls Club. The Sharks practice at the facility every day.

"We race against a bunch of teams like Nacogdoches and Longview," said 11-year-old Hannah Flint.

"It keeps you healthy and it's just a great sport," said 9-year-old Joshua Simmons.

As for the less competitive folks looking for exercise, "we also offer water aerobics which is great for people who have arthritis and maybe problems with their knees and joints," said Calvin Rowland, swim team coach and head lifeguard at the Lufkin facility.

The city says it's one of two public pools in the community, following the closure of Winston pool.

"Rather than the city expending the money to buy a new pool, we'd work with them, they already had a pool," said Lufkin Councilman Phil Medford.

In July, the center agreed to extend the open swimming hours to the public so now you have more time to get that work-out in.

"We made a financial commitment to them. They made a commitment to the city to adjust those hours and monitor the public use," explained Medford.

Seeing the pool's success, the city exceeded the club's initial request for $35,000 this year.

"We suggested they increase their application because we felt that it was working. They're serving 400 kids a day, which are citizens of Lufkin. We felt like we could up our contribution to $50,000 for this year," said Medford.

The city says they expect to continue backing the facility as long as there is a need.

The pool has new hours, as of July. It's open to the public Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 7:30 a.m., 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

You can also swim Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Daily prices are $1 for children up to age 16 and $2 for adults 17 and older. You can also purchase a $45 punch card.

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