It has been said that it's not about one's birth date or death date, but the dash in between, and members of the Jacksboro Pool Committee must have been feeling accomplished when they cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the new pool Saturday afternoon. Many attended the event, sponsored by First National Bank/Viewpoint, including members of Jacksboro City Council, Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation, Jacksboro Pool Committee, Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Jack County Commissioners Court, donors, families and children. Whitney Beeson, Pool Manager, and her husband Brian, were busy coordinating the newly trained lifeguards and managing other aspects of the new facility, while employees of FNB served free hotdogs, chips and drinks, manned the water slide, painted faces, distributed ice cream and beachballs.
There was a DJ providing good music and it was mingled in with the squeals of little children running through the fountains. The old pool was deemed inoperable and unable to be repaired about five years ago, and the vision of another pool has been a long time in the eyes of city leaders. Members of the Pool Committee include Byran Bumpas, Phyllis Elenburg, Clint Myrick, Anne Dyer, Yecenia Santiago, Kori Lewis and Lynda Pack. Their biggest rewards were the smiles on all the faces Saturday. Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Lynda Pack said, "The pool project was the one item that had not been completed in our five year strategic plan that was done when I first started my executive director position with JEDC.


"I can't begin to tell you the pride and joy I felt for the community when we opened the pool to swimmers today. It is the culmination of four long years of planning, fundraising, and work for a wonderful and dedicated group of volunteers who knew we could make a difference in the lives of our citizens. A huge 'THANK YOU' to everyone that participated in any way." There are many plans for the pool including swimming lessons which started Monday, Water Aerobics on Monday nights, Adult Lap Swim Tuesday nights and Family Night on Thursdays, all starting at 7 p.m. So, as children were dashing about around the kiddie pool and fountains Saturday, visionaries were filling the dash between the dates. Their work is deeply appreciated by many families, youth and children of Jack County.

(Pam Hudson)