Despite weather challenges, public pool on track to open for the summer season.
The wet weather in December and early January impeded crews from accessing the site in Hollywood where a community pool is in the works, according to a spokesperson for the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.
At this point, the underground utilities are now installed. The foundations were placed prior to the heavy rains, so work on the buildings have progressed as scheduled.
Concrete for the pool floor and walls have been poured and much of the pool water lines have been run to the equipment/pump room.
The pool is expected to be open for this summer 2019 season.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) broke ground on the pool in Hollywood in August 2018.
The West County Aquatic Center will offer the first public pool in the Hollywood area. According to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are aged 14 or younger.
The complex is located near the new Hollywood Town Center off Highway 165. The pool will be named in honor of Genesis Holmes, a local who drowned in Hollywood in 2014.
The $3 million project is funded the Parklands Foundation, a non-profit arm of CCPRC, through its Genesis Project.
The Genesis Pool will have a capacity of 128 people, and will serve an estimated 10,000 people each season in the Hollywood and Baptist Hill area and surrounding communities. It is a 25-yard-long outdoor pool, with areas at a depth of three to four feet, and featuring six to eight lanes for lap swimming. Lifeguards will be on duty at the pool, once it opens. Programming will include swimming lessons and summer camps.
“Drowning is a real problem in the rural communities of Charleston County, and access to public pools in these areas is mostly nonexistent,” said CCPRC Executive Director David Bennett. “Bringing swimming instruction directly to these areas is a big step towards preventing drowning. The town of Hollywood is the perfect location to build our first pool, and we are thrilled to soon be able to offer these residents the opportunity to learn to swim.”
This will be the first public pool operated by CCPRC; however, the agency does own and operate three lifeguarded waterparks and three ocean access parks throughout the county. CCPRC also currently operates a portable pool, which rotates between camps in rural areas throughout the summer for swimming instruction for an estimated 300 youth campers.