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Demolition of pools, Pav-a-Lon slated for Monday
Future of city-owned site uncertain
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Melinda Steptoe Meduri, left, and mom Deloris Waters reminisce about the times they spent together at the old Memorial Park pool while flipping through scrapbooks and looking at photographs at the Pav-A-Lon pavilion Thursday. The facility is slated for demolition beginning Monday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file

Demolition of the swimming pool, kiddie pool and covered Pav-a-Lon at Statesboro’s Memorial Park on Fair Road will begin Monday, if the weather permits, said Mike Rollins, director of the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department.

Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch said that county commissioners have been receiving “casual complaints” for some time about the unused pools and shelter, which have stood dormant since Splash in the Boro opened at Mill Creek Regional Park in 2004.

Attendance was sparse in the final two years the Fair Road pools were open, Rollins said.

Now, the facilities are old, unsightly and beyond repair.

“We have been intending to (demolish) them for some time,” Couch said.

Rollins said that he has met with Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore and hopes to form a committee that includes city officials to discuss future plans for the park, which is technically owned by the city.

Both he and Couch said that there has been some discussion of installing a “splash pad” aquatic play center, which would be less costly and use less water than a pool, but no definite plans have been set.

“We had a master plan 10 years ago” for the property, Rollins said, but with a lack of financial backing, it never materialized.

The department’s vision for the park, which currently includes a playground and several sports fields, is for it to become a “passive” park, removing ball games and even the tennis courts and relocating all activities to Mill Creek Regional Park because of the heavy traffic and congestion in the Fair Road/South Zetterower Avenue area, he said.

Rollins said that he hopes the new committee will consider the department’s plan for the park.

Demolition was slated to begin last week, but rainy weather held up the Bulloch County Public Works department.

Many local residents remember frozen candy bars, swimming lessons and summer camps spent at the pools and Pav-a-Lon. A farewell party at the park, organized by former rec department director Frank Hook and others who spent many summers there, was held Sept. 8.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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