Pickens Pool reopens in Cordele

Kids in Cordele helped the Crisp County Recreation Department celebrate the Grand RE-opening of Pickens Pool on Monday.

The Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly rebuilt public pool. Marlene Kimball, chairman of the chamber board welcomed citizens and community leaders to the special event.

“What a beautiful day for us to have a ribbon cutting at Pickens Pool. We are so excited,” she said. 

Crisp County Recreation Department Director Eric Bozeman commented on the hard work put into rebuilding the pool. He thanked county commissioners for working with the department to bring the project to its fruition. The recreation department maintains the facility and employs lifeguards to ensure that children swim safely.

“It’s a glorious day in this community, one we have been looking forward to for a long time,” said Bozeman. “Today we are gonna have kids in the new pool and celebrate that.

County Commissioner James Nance reminded everyone that the event was really about more than just a pool. It was about honoring the legacy of the man the pool is named for, the late Mr. Willie B. Pickens.

“To me, the symbolism of being here today is bigger than the pool,” he said. “It’s about the life and legacy of Mr, Willie B. Pickens. Mr. Pickens was the embodiment of progress.”

Pickens widow, Ms. Geraldine Pickens cut the ribbon on the pool that will always stand as a reminder of her husband’s service to the community.

Kids eagerly jumped into the pool after the ribbon cutting and enjoyed the day. As a special treat, commissioners paid for all the kids that came to swim.