Historic Tampa public pool to reopen soon

Roy Jenkins pool to reopen in late May

The Roy Jenkins Pool, a piece of Tampa history, is going through an expensive restoration.
 
"In its day, it was the only place to swim," said Tampa's Director of Parks and Recreation Greg Bayor.
 
The above-ground pool on Davis Islands opened in 1928 when bathing caps and high dives were in vogue. But the city shuttered the hot spot in 2008 because of safety and health violations.
 
Bayor considers it a miracle the pool has survived eighty years. 
 
The complete renovation from the pool to deck, the operating system to piping, the bathrooks to façade, will wrap up in time for summer.
 
The project is possible through a city and private partnership.
 
The Davis Islands Civic Association donated $500,000 and taxpayers paid the rest of the $2.25 million project.
 
Cristan Fadal said the hope is the pool will draw people from all over Tampa as it once did.
 
"It wasn't just Davis Islands residents that utilized it, and I think that's one of the key things in funding it and reopening it. It's understood that's what this community is. It's about […] allowing all of Tampa to utilize it," Fadal said.
 
Fadal said his 3-year-old son will learn to swim there just like his wife's mother and grandmother.
 
"It's going to be a great summer. We're excited about it because we've been waiting a long time for it," he said.
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