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Forest Park Pool getting a facelift

Friday, September 24, 2010

Area painters Jim Robertson (left) and Matt Robertson give the Forest Park Pool a facelift. The duo, along with fellow associate Tom Robertson, started painting the pool Wednesday. Jim Robertson said the project could be completed by Saturday. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
For many years, members of the Brazil City Parks Board had had their eye on major renovations with the Forest Park Pool.

This week, one of those projects came to fruition.

A local group of painters started painting the pool Wednesday and could be concluded today.

"I've been on the park board for 10 years," Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries said, "and every year in the budget, we've added painting the pool.

"When the park board budget was cut, we couldn't make repairs."

Jeffries said she was unsure the last time the pool had been painted, but believed it had been at least 15 years.

She added paint chips coming off the bottom of the pool had become a problem.

"It was in bad shape," Jeffries said. "Even when we tried to use the sweeper, it would clog up."

Earlier this year, Jeffries said the board went to the City of Brazil to discuss the issue or possible repairs.

She said the City Council established a rainy day fund that included a line item in it for the swimming pool.

"The slide had to be repaired as well," Jeffries said. "That came out of the rainy day fund. It's unbelievable. This couldn't have been done with our budget. That's why we're so thrilled with this.

"We put it in the budget every year, but we always needed the money someplace else."

Jeffries said they took a handful of estimates from businesses and elected to go with local painters Jim, Matt and Tim Robertson.

"It's very expensive, but they gave us a wonderful deal," she said. "There are a lot of people in the community that are proud of the park and are very willing to work with the park board.

"I think it's always good (to stay local). Local money is what provides us with our budget."

Jeffries said the slide and baby pool would also be repainted with what she called a "medium blue."

"We are so grateful (to city officials)," Jeffries said. "We're all just thrilled to death. This will make such a big improvement and will help the filtration system.

"Hopefully, this will look nice for several years."

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Would have been nice to have the $800 you GAVE to the lawn service.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Sep 25, 2010, at 6:32 AM

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