The city held a ribbon cutting Thursday to officially unveil the new pool and bathhouse on Doyle Street, located at the site of the old pool.
Toccoa Mayor Gail Fry said it is a great feeling to have a city pool back in use for the community.
“This is a vision we have had and here it has come to pass and it is better than we ever thought it would be,” said Fry. “It is so beautiful and I just invite the community and share in this with us. You will not be disappointed.”
Toccoa did not have a city pool during the summer of 2013 after numerous problems with the old pool.
The city included the pool in its list of SPLOST VI projects.
When Stephens County voters then approved the new one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, that provided the funding source to build a new pool.
Planning began in November 2013 and construction began back in the Spring.
Fry said it is great to have come so far in a year’s time.
“We said one year ago there will be a pool next summer,” said Fry. “We worked diligently. People did not believe us. There were challenges, but we overcame those and thankfully we are all here today to enjoy it. It is a bright spot for our future. It is progressive for our future and I am proud of it.”
She went on to say that the pool will serve as something the entire community can be proud of.
“We did not want another idle facility sitting there that was just going to waste, looked bad,” said Fry. “We wanted to bring people into our community and show them the facility that showed progress and that we care about quality of life and how our city looks.”
Camp Fire Georgia is operating the pool for the city of Toccoa.
The pool is open from Thursdays to Sundays through August 31st.
Today and Saturday, it is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday, it is open from 1 to 5 p.m.
Beginning August 14, the pool will open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Admission to the pool is $2.