DOBBINS HEIGHTS — The town reopened its pool for the summer at noon on Saturday, after making major renovations to the community park in the last nine months.
With the Dobbins Heights website billing it as “The town that’s moving forward,” the community park seems to be a reflection of the motto.
“It’s a dream we hope will continue to happen” said Angeline David, co-commissioner of Dobbins Heights’ parks and recreation department, as several kids splashed around.
In addition to the pool — which first reopened in 2006 — the park includes recently renovated basketball and tennis courts, a baseball field, playground and picnic area and has continued to progress by making big changes. Since January, the park has received new playground equipment, a fresh coat of paint, and even more ideas of how to make the park brighter, town leaders say.
“Were working on beautifying the park, but its a work in progress” says co-commissioner and mayor pro-tem Tyr’e Holloway. “We’re hoping to start a neighborhood softball and kickball league, and possibly tennis lessons.”
The adults of the park aren’t the only ones who appreciate the new changes.
Holloway said an average of 40 to 50 kids a day come and enjoy the park during the summertime, including 9-year-old Angel Gould, who was soaking up the sun for most of the day with her brother and friends.
Gould said she admires the new changes of the park and likes to comes a lot of the days to hang out with her friends and swim.
Even the community lifeguards are excited for the new pool season.
Lifeguard on-duty Shania Gibson is on her 4th year as a lifeguard, and said she loves every second of it.
“I love doing it because it’s good for the community and I love the kids,” she said. “It’s always an adventure.”
Gibson grew up at the park and said she appreciates the new changes that have been made. She and the community are hoping to start swimming lessons this summer.
Katey Smith is a summer intern for the Daily Journal and a rising senior at Richmond Senior High School.
Lifeguard Shania Gibson, right, tries to hold off splashing while in the pool Zoe Blue, left, Alayna McDonald, Angel Gould and Javon Gould at Dobbins Heights Community Park on Saturday.