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A new pool in Salem

Salem residents during a "Water Works" session in the newly renovated pool (Sheila Slater / Republic)

SALEM — The renovations of the city pool in Salem are complete.

Spearheaded by local business owners, the Salem City Council teamed up with the Salem Pool Fundraising Committee, which was formed in 2016. The final project costs totaled $428,249.77, with monetary donations covering $239,194.49 (55.8 percent) of the total cost.

"The demolition of the old bathhouse started in August 2016 and we were open for business in June 2017," said Lori Heumiller, finance officer of the city of Salem.

Last year the new site had 5,900 visitors. This summer Heumiller estimates 6,090 visitors.

Nestled in the city park on Main Street, the recreation area now offers a modern bathhouse, handicap pool lift, showers, restrooms and an expanded deck area to relax and lay out in the sun. The attached kiosk, staffed by the lifeguards, offers snacks and drinks.

During the summer break, children can take swimming lessons and the McCook Therapy and Wellness Center offers "Water Works," a therapeutic style of water aerobics. The classes are held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday by volunteers.

"We are very excited about our finished project and happy to offer this to the community. We were in desperate need of a new bathhouse. The old one was over 50 years old and didn't have a roof," said Glenda Blindert, committee member and one of the Salem pool bath house donors. A plaque listing all donors is displayed in the entryway of the pool and can be viewed during regular pool hours, which are 1 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m.