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After 2-year hiatus, Lufkin's Jones Pool re-opens in time for summer fun

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A popular North Lufkin spot reopened today after being closed for two years.

Jones Pool welcomed swimmers for the first time and the community and city officials couldn't be more pleased. East Texas News was there for the opening.

Thursday afternoon, children waited in anticipation to go for a swim in Lufkin's Jones Pool.

"It's a hot summer, and I'm glad to come back," Jakwan Jackson, a pool goer, said.

For two years the pool sat idle. Now kids are ready to dive in and start their summer.

"In 2011 we got about half way through, three quarters through and then we were closed down all of 2012," said Mike Akrydge, Lufkin's parks and recreation director.

The pool shut down because of limited life guards, and officials say the reopening of the pool was through a collaboration of the city and community. The Angelina Citizen Chamber not only recruited volunteers to serve as lifeguards, they also paid for their training.

"We asked for the pool to be here so the least we could do is get some lifeguards," said Alex Alexander, the president of the Angelina Citizens Chamber of Commerce.

Jones Pool now has four lifeguards and a pool manager on staff.

Alex Blow served as a lifeguard before the pool closed and says the reopening gives the kids something to look forward to.

"For some of these kids that come out here this will be the only vacation for the summer so I'm pretty excited about it," said Alex Blow, one of the pool's lifeguards.

And kids are ready for a break from the heat.

"It kept feeling like a heat wave so hot, couldn't do nothing," Jackson said.

"We want to make sure we're offering everything we can to everyone in the city," said Jason Arnold, Lufkin's assistant director of parks and recreation. "This is one of those things that the kids in the neighborhood love and look forward to every year."

In addition, the city hopes to keep the pool running and continue to help the community beat the heat summer after summer.

Jones Pool is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 2-7 p.m. There is no charge to enter the pool.

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