On a hot and muggy early August morning, the community came together for the ribbon-cutting of the Murray Park Aquatic Center. For some fifty years, a pool in the Marshall Williamson neighborhood was bantered around. It finally came about, as noted by the City Manager in his remarks that this day “is a product of a very determined community and having the right political leaders in place at the critical time.”
The inaugural event included the requisite speeches from elected officials, present and past, and members of the community. And after the official ribbon-cutting, it didn’t take long for the children to start splashing about, laughing and enjoying themselves – and adults too.
Grant funding was the principal source for the design and construction of the aquatic center. The challenge for South Miamians and city officials will be to secure funds to keep the pool open longer than 10 weeks a year.