2013-05-29 / Front Page

Jenkins pool is taking shape


COMING SOON — The new swimming pool at Jenkins is under construction at Lakeside and is expected to open in mid June. Seen in the background is the large road cut that carries U.S. 23 through the Pound Gap of Pine Mountain (also referred to as Jenkins-Pound Mountain) and on into Virginia. (Photo by Sally Barto) COMING SOON — The new swimming pool at Jenkins is under construction at Lakeside and is expected to open in mid June. Seen in the background is the large road cut that carries U.S. 23 through the Pound Gap of Pine Mountain (also referred to as Jenkins-Pound Mountain) and on into Virginia. (Photo by Sally Barto) Jenkins officials say a new swimming pool located on Lakeside will be open sometime in June.

Plans for the kid-friendly, zeroentry pool include a small slide made to look like a big piece of coal, a structure with two large slides and a tall palm tree. When the coconuts fill up with water, the coconuts tip over and water pours out into the shallow end of the pool.

The pool is going to be very colorful,” said Ernestine Kincer, pool manager. “I think it is going to be such an asset for this community.”

A 20-foot deck will be located around the pool, which is 40 feet long by 90 feet long. The deepest end of the pool is five feet deep.

Fifty chaise lounge chairs, a couple of gazebos and picnic tables have been purchased.

It has been years since a pool has been located in the city and she says a pool is greatly needed.

“It’s an exciting time to be in Jenkins,” she said.

The swimming pool is modeled after a pool in Wise, Va.

“It is a huge success in Wise,” said Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer. “You can’t even find a parking space there. That’s what we want. I think we made a nice choice.”

Jenkins City Administrator Todd DePriest said many people from Letcher County go to the Wise pool.

The property where the pool is being built includes a house once owned by Bert Fields. Bathrooms are being built onto the house. A small wellness center will have treadmills, stationary bikes and elliptical machines. Plans include a small restaurant and lounge.

Project costs are reaching close to $900,000. De- Priest said the pool cost about $540,000, $175,000 was spent to purchase the house and $175,000 for the bathrooms.

If the city receives a $75,000 grant through the land and water conservation, more water features will be added.

DePriest said an electrical inspector is scheduled to inspect the rebar located at the bottom of the pool today (Wednesday). On Thursday, the concrete floor of the pool is supposed to be poured.

A grader is set to come this week and start working on the parking lot, which when finished should hold about 60 cars.

“The majority of the tedious work is done,” said DePriest.

A final completion date has not been set, but De- Priest anticipates it will be open by the middle of June.

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