by Paul Bowers
The pool, originally built in 1955, has undergone extensive renovations since last summer. In addition to being fully enclosed and heated, the plumbing and electrical wiring have been replaced, the pool has been re-plastered, and the gutter system has been replaced. The total cost of the renovations was $1.8 million, with $1.25 million coming from the City of North Charleston, $350,000 from fundraising efforts by the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation, $100,000 from the Town of Mt. Pleasant, and $100,000 from the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.
In a press conference Friday, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey touted the pool as a tourist draw and a venue for competitive swimming. Marco Cavazzoni of the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation said the pool will be a place for "life-cycle aquatics," from childhood swim lessons through adult swimming. He said the foundation was partnering with Charleston County School District to teach students how to swim.
"We're going to introduce swimming as part of the curriculum, and we're hoping to be able to teach 3,000 kids per year how to swim," Cavazzoni said. "Really what our goal is — and I know it sounds kind of lofty — is that graduating from high school, every single child will know how to swim. Some won't be in competitive swimming, but none of them will drown because they don't know how to swim."
The pool is currently open for winter hours. Summer hours will take place from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend each year. Starting next year, the pool will offer summer passes at a rate of $30 for individuals and $50 for families. Winter and summer hours are listed below. Swimmers who are not involved in a class or swim team can swim during the times denoted as Open Swim, Family Swim, and Lap Swim.