Even though only half are open, kids from all Bibb County neighborhoods will have a chance to enjoy a pool this summer.

County Chairman Sam Hart says a shuttle will pick up kids from Bloomfield, Frank Johnson, and Freedom Park centers on Tuesdays and Fridays and take them to Booker T. Washington pool.

The bus will start pick-ups at Bloomfield at 12:15, then Frank Johnson at 12:30. The last stop is Freedom Park at 12:45. Then,the shuttlewill leave Booker T. at 4 p.m.

At the three open Bibb pools, the county will also offer free swimming lessons. Parents can register their kids for two week sessions, which include eight lessons. Sign-ups are at L.H. William's school gym on Pursely Street. Hart says they're still looking for volunteers to teach those classes, and anyone interested can contact the Parks and Rec Department.

Adults will also get some time to take a dip without the little ones. East Macon pool will have senior swim time every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hart says with $100,000 in SPLOST funds each, they're on track to finish Bloomfield pool by the beginning of July, and with the help of an extra crew at Frank Johnson, it could open shortly after.

When pool season ends, which is August 3rd, East Macon will also get a face-lift, but Hart says no plans are in the works right now for Freedom Park.

After a wave of criticism from some people, including a few city council members, the county got a splash of approval from councilman Larry Schlesinger.

He says, "I think they're doing the best they can with what they have to work with. I understand the predicament they're in. Our pools have been somewhat inadequate and in need of repair for quite some time."

Others, like councilman Henry Ficklin, say this is an issue the county should have handled before the pool season.

Parks and Rec Director Doc Dougherty says none of these pools are a quick fix, though.

"It's not just the resurfacing itself. It's also the pump system, replacing the pumps, the motors, the sand filters, the valves. You're looking at renovating the pools from the aesthetic look, but also from the infrastructure look," he explains.

Dougherty says he's also working on a long-term maintenance plan to keep the pools open, clean, and fun.

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