Huntingdon Recreation Center

$1,915 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 38 months
The Huntingdon Recreation Center (the pool) needs your support. The carpet is in poor condition and needs to be replaced along with some concrete work. There are other areas needing work but the carpet and concrete are priorities right now. Please consider donating to the pool so many more children can continue creating wonderful summer memories.
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Huntingdon Recreation Center was built in the summer of 1961 . Stock was sold and in 1962 was open for business. If I understand it correctly Coach Paul Ward was the manager. Ray McCormick layed the blocks for the building. Gus Radford and Jerry Peeples were the first lifeguards. James McLemore donated the land for the pool. As I was told Mr. James was the first person to jump in the pool after it was completed and full of water. Many men in this community donated their time to build this pool for our community.
Benny Robert's dad helped build this pool. Dr. Giddens was the lifeguarding instructor. I took lifeguarding at age 15 but was not old enough to get certified . At the age of 16 I took lifeguarding again and was certified. Dale Kelley was in school at Bethel and was the pool manager. Tim Priest, Mike Priest, Will Crellin, Joe Sidney Pritchard, and I were his lifeguards. Do you remember when Paul Newman managed the pool? He was always picking and singing.
In 1986 the manager job came open and Becky Dodds and myself applied. Becky and I ran the pool together until 2004. We taught many people to swim! I have retired from swimming lessons but my daughters Jana and Joy have carried on the tradition. It is my dream that the old pool be updated so many more children will learn to swim and have a place to swim. All it would take is a few people in this community to give of their time and money to see that this happen so that future generations will have the wonderful memories of the JAYCEE POOL that many of us have.
-Lucy Vickers
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$1,915 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 38 months
Created July 30, 2015
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