IT TOOK a community effort to get the Shadyside pool re-opened this summer. It was a move, however, that paid big dividends and one the entire village should feel good about.
Municipal pools are not money-making endeavors. Far from it.
Pools are open for the sake of providing a refreshing service to residents and people in surrounding areas.
They are also a dying breed. Many local towns, including Bellaire, have long since shut down their swimming holes as the cost of upkeep and repairs proved too prohibitive.
That being the case, Shadyside deserves even more kudos as it was able to accomplish what larger municipalities could not. Moreover, not many Tiger Town residents harbored hopes the pool would re-open -- ever.
That belief was washed away by boundless teamwork, channeled to a common cause. And what worthwhile cause it was.
The re-opening of the Shadyside pool provided a cool relief for the summer heat. Moreover, employment opportunities not otherwise available were created, enabling many youths, as well as adults, an ability to become gainfully employed.
Also, the pool is a safe haven for parents to drop off their children, knowing with confidence their kids would be free from harm's way while placed in a healthy environment.
Such a feel-good story would not have come to fruition of the community spirit which pervades Shadyside.
Village council embraced a plan by a group of citizens to re-open the pool and operate in feasible financial fashion. It included selling a pre-determined amount of pool passes to raise start-up money.
A sufficient number of passes were sold, the pool was opened and managed superbly by Melanie Haswell. Moreover, the scenic waterhole proved but a small drain on village coffers.
It has been reported that the pool lost less than $1,500. In year's past, the deficit was often 10 times that amount.
Such a financial turnaround is remarkable, and a reflection of the pride and vision embodied in Shadyside.