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Traer Pool hosts Grand Opening

July 5, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

For the past two years, Traer residents have patiently waited as their old pool was demolished and then watched as a brand new facility was built. Last month, their patience was rewarded as Traer Muncipal Pool reopened better than ever. On Saturday, June 30, the pool staff celebrated with a Grand Opening as patrons got in for free and were awarded prizes.

From noon to 7 p.m., Traer residents could take advantage of those benefits on a hot day and be entered into two prize drawings at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Guests also cooled down with free freezer pops and music entertainment provided by Kennedy Consulting.

"The idea behind the Grand Opening was to get people in that haven't been to the pool yet to see what we have to offer," Trish Kennedy, Assistant Pool Manager said. "We wanted them to come in and feel a real sense of community around the pool. They get to see what a great facility we have now."

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Guests over the season have voted to help name the dragon attraction at the pool, and the name was announced as "Sparky" at 5 p.m. on the day. Of course, younger children could enjoy Stevie the Stingray, Tommy the Turtle, the Redhawk slide and a zero-depth pool entry. Older kids and the young at heart are able to have fun with the diving board, basketball hoop and the brand new big slide.

"We have been extremely busy every day since we opened the pool, even if it's rainy or cold outside," Donna DeBoef, Traer Pool Manager said. "There's excitement over the new pool and the activities for all ages we have here. Swim lessons are full and people want more lessons whether their privately or public."

While operating a brand new pool with a new staff hasn't been a cake walk for DeBoef and Kennedy, the season has been one residents have been waiting for patiently for two years. Going forward, the pool could see changes in times as we approached closer to the school year.

"Starting in August, we probably will have to go to adjusted hours because of football and volleyball practice," DeBoef said. "We aren't sure what those will look like yet. Closing for the season will be determined."



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