Hundred Pool Receives Much-Needed Attention
The Hundred community has a pool to be proud of, thanks to some generous donations, manual labor, and volunteerism from within its community.
Notably, a generous gift from the Wetzel County Commission helped to bring about a new pumphouse, new lighting, and bathroom improvements – including new toilets.
Theresa Briggs and Deidra Huggins are both volunteers on the pool committee. Though each of them have put in a substantial amount of time and effort into the pool’s improvements, they cannot speak enough of the commission’s generosity, as well as the generosity of residents such as Sierra Lemley, Bill Lemley, Kevin Pyles, David Yost, and Steve Hegedis. There are, of course, others who have given and volunteered, but Briggs and Huggins note the list contains many, far too many to name.
Axiall Corporation is also credited for donating a massive amount of chlorine to the pool committee.
“Axiall’s generosity was huge!” Briggs exclaimed.
Bill Lemley, David Yost, and Kevin Pyles are credited for their electrical work.
“If it weren’t for them, we would’ve burned through the money provided by the commission,” Briggs said.
Briggs noted that thanks to the local men’s work, and the new lighting at the pool, there can be “evening swims” at the pool. In fact, the pool had a night swim party this past Friday, complete with glow sticks and music by DJ Kirby.
Thanks to Steve Hegedis of Hegedis Contracting, the bathrooms at the pool have underwent a major overhaul, making for several happy pool-goers.
The first change spotted, when travelling along the highway to the Hundred Public Pool is quite possibly the artwork on the building that houses the concession stand, changing rooms, and bathrooms. The artwork features the colorful and happy cast of “Peanuts,” including Lucky, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy himself.
“Attendance is way up,” noted Huggins of the pool. Briggs agreed, reporting that thanks to a a recent visit from a 4-H group, the pool had 174 visitors in one day.
Haley Moore, who works at the pool’s concession stand, noted that the changes have given more structure to the pool. Workers, and visitors to the pool, take more pride in the pool and want to keep the facility in excellent condition.
Briggs and Huggins noted that they, like many of the volunteers, want to help keep the pool open in order to “give back to the community.”
“This was our place to be when growing up,” Huggins said. “It was our summer place to be.
Both women noted that they had family who had helped with the pool in the past.
“We are helping to carry on the tradition,” Briggs said.
Current pool hours are Monday thru Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. The pool is open 1-6 p.m. on Sunday. The pool will be open until Labor Day, and the pool committee hopes to have extended hours once school is in session.
Several different types of passes are available, including a family pass, costing only $100. This pass is for a family living together in a household.
Cost for single access is $2 for students and $3 for adults.
Another night swim is anticipated to be held Aug. 27.