Day 7 of #MyJune30
Sadly, the pool was not opened on Memorial Day weekend, as it has for the past 50+ years.
Today’s photo was going to be accompanied by a sad story of our neighborhood pool that, for the first time in it’s 55 year history, would not open for the summer and would be sold to the highest bidder. I will not share that story with you today.
With a little luck and a lot of elbow grease, the CFSC pool should be fixed up, cleaned up, painted and filled with water for everyone to enjoy by June 18!
According to a couple stories published recently in the Lawrence Journal-World, the cost of opening the County Fair Swim Club pool can exceed $15,000 each year. These funds are obtained through the very hard work of one woman, M. Pfeifer. I can’t even imagine the amount of work that must be done to raise that kind of money!
The gate for admission to the County Fair Swim Club.
Published on May 25, 2016, was a touching story about how the pool would not open this year for the first time in it’s 55 year life. I know this was a touching story because I heard people talking about it. They were talking about it in the office and when I got a haircut last week, the barber even talked about it. The article really moved one man, in particular.
The County Fair Swim Club pool sits empty after Memorial Day.
Enter a very generous and kind soul. According to this LJWorld article, an anonymous donor has stepped up to the plate and has donated $10,000 to help get the pool ready for the kids this summer! According to the article, the donor wanted to give the money because he grew up in this neighborhood and has fond memories of jumping into the water at this pool every year as a kid. He wanted others to have those same, wonderful experiences.
Living in a red state, where our public school system is facing a shutdown in two weeks because of greedy politicians not working to properly fund the system (which is unconstitutional), these acts of kindness and giving seem less common these days. What a stark contrast for our children: thirty minutes away in Topeka, a large group of adults cannot compromise on how to fund our schools for this fall, and right here at home, one man has decided that our neighborhood kids must have a safe and fun environment to beat the summer heat.
The storage shed of the CFSC that faces Maple Lane.
This donation really means a lot to my wife and I. We purchased our first home less than a year ago, and it’s less than a block away from the pool. Our daughter LOVED it last year. We were even planning on having her birthday party there last weekend. Luckily for us, our girl is only four and didn’t quite remember (we would not have heard the end of it) and so far, we haven’t had the heart to tell her that the pool won’t be opening this year. She’s very inquisitive and I would have had the hardest time explaining to her that the pool can’t open because of money. Rumor has it that the donor will be at the ‘Family Night’ party once the pool opens in a couple weeks. I hope to have the opportunity to shake his hand and thank him for what he was done for the neighborhood, and for what he has done for our daughter.
All images in this post were shot using the Sony α6000
mirrorless camera with an Rokinon 12mm f/2.0