Upgrades contribute to busy summer at pool
SPRUCE PINE – Visitors to the pool at Brad Ragan Park in Spruce Pine this summer have enjoyed plenty of comfortable, new seating options.
The Town of Spruce Pine ordered 36 new chairs, six umbrellas and three tables before the pool opened for the summer. All of the new items are now at the pool and are being used daily.
The project used $8,253.57 of town money with the bulk of the budget going to the chairs, which cost $3,599.64, said Finance Manager Crystal Young. The tables cost $2,645 and the umbrellas cost $2,008.93, she added.
The new tables feature a large, round design underneath the cover of the umbrellas with attached bench seats surrounding each table.
The new chairs line the pool deck, offering visitors a comfortable way to relax.
Dale Blevins of Spruce Pine Parks and Recreation said the new amenities have been used daily by patrons this summer.
“I think our business has picked up a little more this year just because we offer these amenities,” Blevins said. “The public is very receptive and appreciative of this.”
Blevins added the pool, which closes for the season tomorrow, was busy all summer. He said 79 children completed swimming lessons and 6-12 participants met each Monday and Wednesday for the water walking class.
The pool also offered adult swim lessons.
“We kept the place going all summer,” Blevins said. “I attribute a lot of that to our employees. They’re the ones that make it go.”
Blevins said all the credit for the new tables, chairs and umbrellas should be directed to the Spruce Pine Town Council.
“I always say if you see a town council member, thank them for this,” Blevins said about the new amenities. “They helped push this for me. They decided it was time we started to get some more stuff over here.”