Danny Jones Pool reopens for year-round swimming

Danny Jones Pool before the renovation (File/WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The year-round community pool that has been in the works since last spring is finally getting its grand re-opening.

A ceremony will be held on Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. to commemorate the reopening of the swim facility at the Danny Jones Complex on Monitor Street. City officials say the facility is now fully enclosed and heated for year-round use.

The pool will officially reopen on Monday, April 15.

"The improvements to the Danny Jones Complex are the culmination of a regional effort of individuals in the local swim community, led by Dr. Cavazzoni through the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation," a press release stated.

North Charleston officials say the group approached the City of North Charleston to address the Lowcountry's lack of a swimming facility to accommodate year-round, indoor training for competitive swimmers, education in water safety, swimming lessons, and senior aquatic activities.

The group's Lowcountry Aquatic Project Swimming (LAPS) Program seeks to provide lifelong aquatics opportunities for Lowcountry residents - with a special emphasis on teaching children in underprivileged Lowcountry areas to swim, in order to prevent accidental drownings and promoting youth wellness to fight childhood obesity and diabetes.

North Charleston officials say the group raised $350,000 in private funds and in-kind donations from community members, businesses, and institutions for the swim facility project, including from Cavazzoni, who hopes to see swimming introduced into Charleston County School District's curriculum.

"We have a good partnership with the School Board of Charleston and Nancy McGinley, so we're going to introduce swimming as part of the curriculum and we're hoping to teach 3,000 kids per year how to swim," he said.

In addition to the private fundraising, the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission each committed $100,000, totaling $200,000.

The City of North Charleston conducted the $1,800,000 improvements to the facility.{} The City's Parks and Recreation Department will manage daily operations.

Click here for the Danny Jones Pool schedule.