Dive in! Local city pool closed for 2 years is now open

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio-- There is a new place to keep cool this summer for residents living in Richmond Heights who want to beat the heat.

The Richmond Heights city pool is officially open for business after the mayor held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

The sign outside the city pool says it all, 'Welcome back to the greatest pool in Richmond Heights.'

"It's great. It's going to bring back the community and everybody is going to be having fun and it's going to bring back a lot of people," said Jarees Pritchard of Richmond Heights.

The city pool was closed for two years because the city simply didn't have the $50,000 needed to operate it. This is was one of the projects Mayor Miesha Headen said was a top priority of the residents.

"We were walking around, talking to residents. Getting this pool open was one of their number one priorities because this is a place where our city congregates; it's where people meet each other and it builds community," said the mayor.

Friday wasn't the ideal pool day weather-wise. It's a little cool, but there were plenty of residents who took advantage of the free admission on opening day to enjoy a little, relaxing cool down.

"I'm very excited to have it because it's close to home so I don't have to drive so far," said Kyleth Spencer.

The city spent around $9,000 to fix up the pool which sat idle for two years. It has a Sprayground, good for young children just looking to get wet, a diving board for those looking to make a big splash and even a little kids park for those just looking to pass the time.

"I plan on spending a lot of time down here," said Debra Scott. "They do have senior citizen events here in the morning so I plan on coming to attend those to where we are going to do exercise routines."

The pool will be open daily throughout summer, weather permitting.

In addition to offering swimming lessons for anyone interested, the city pool will be an affordable place to relax and hang out this summer for any family looking to beat the heat.

"We're really trying to encourage people to come back so for a family of four, it's $110 which is actually the lowest rate in the surrounding communities," said Mayor Headen.

The city expects around 650 people on an average day at the pool.

Many residents are relieved they no longer have to drive to another city to enjoy the pool; they now have a swimming pool in their own backyard.