WAYNETOWN, Ind. (WLFI) – For the last three years, Waynetown has been without its community swimming pool making summer a little less eventful for residents like Noel Marquis.
“You always want to hang out at the pool during the summer. It’s a great thing to do, but without a pool it’s not as fun,” said Marquis.
Three years ago, the town had to close its more than five decade old pool. But on Sunday afternoon, the Montgomery County town celebrated the completion of the new Waynetown Aquatics Center.
“To be able to do something like this, and to show it off to our community. We couldn’t be more proud,” said town council member Bob Cox.
A new pool, splash pad and water slide are just some of the new features at the aquatic center. However, Cox said none of it would have been possible without the generosity of former area resident Joan Harrington.
“Right now, at this point, we’ve received about $800,000 from her [Joan],” said Cox. “But I think the most amazing thing is, she never lived in Waynetown.”
According to Cox, Harrington learned about the need for a new pool from a former lifeguard. He said Harrington grew up near Waynetown, and knew the importance the pool played for the children in the community.
“She just loved kids, and she knew that this was important for the kids in this whole area,” said Cox.
Harrington died last October at the age of 81. Although she never got to see the completed project, her memory will live on through her generosity.
“We called her our angel, and she truly is. I am sure she’s smiling today looking down on us,” said Cox.
For Marquis and her mother, it will be a place to create new memories too.
“I’m sure that everyone will be making memories here from now on. It’s a great place to to hang out. It looks awesome, so I’ll be looking forward to it,” said Marquis.
The Waynetown Aquatics Center officially opens May 24.