PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (WTVM) - Last year the historic Liberty Bell pool in Pine Mountain was empty. This year it will be full of swimmers, just as President Roosevelt envisioned it.
The pool, named for its bell shape, is made of local stones and built by men in the Civilian Conservation Corps, part of President Roosevelt's New Deal.
"Construction started in 1838 and the first swim was August 1941. So, there is a lot of rich history. We just want to be able to offer that to everyone in the community," said Desmond Timmons, FDR State Park Manager.
The pool sat empty last summer because of money constraints, but now the Harris County Recreation Department has taken over the operations. Despite a few setbacks, they are ready to open. Park Rangers are hopeful thousands will visit the FDR state park and Pine Mountain this summer now that the pool is open again. "Last year without the pool being open we lost 40,000 visitors to the area," said Timmons.
Fifteen people were hired at the pool for the summer. "It helps the state, helps the city of Pine Mountain and Harris County," said John Magazu, Harris County Recreation Director.
The pool received several updates, including a new pump. The state built a handicap accessible ramp. In the past, those in wheelchairs had to be carefully rolled down a grassy hill or stay in the observation area. Now, they will be able to access the pool safely. Rangers tell News Leader Nine they plan to purchase an ADA lift soon.
You can call the pool before driving to Pine Mountain to check that they are open at (706) 663-4824.
Their hours of observation are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.