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Jacksonville gives public pool a try

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JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Jacksonville - a city without a public pool - is giving a community pool a test run this summer.

It has contracted to run the pool in Holiday City off of Corbin Street and opened the pool to the public for the first time on Friday.

"I've been dying to get into a pool," 11-year-old Logan Tucker said. "We have no other pools. I really hope, I just hope that they make more."

Susan Baptist, the director of recreation services for the city of Jacksonville, said Ascentia Corporation, which owns the pool, showed a willingness to work with the city for the plan.

"They're the ones that own and operate the residential area plus the pool and they were willing to work with us," she said.

Some of the parents said they liked having the option for a community pool, citing the relative safety compared to the ocean.

The pool will be open until Labor Day Monday through Saturday. It opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m., with admission set at $2 per person and $1 for children under 12.

As to the future for a permanent pool?

"Whether we lease this next year or we decide to move forward with doing something else, we'll just kinda see how this summer goes," Baptist said.

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