Chesterfield group rallies to keep community pool open

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Falling Creek Farms Pool came close to not opening this year due to a drop in membership and not enough money to open.

But, thanks to many volunteers, they were able to keep the water flowing.

Just three weeks ago the water at the pool was green and the patio covered in dirt. But, after fundraisers, membership drives, and donations the pool held their summer grand opening this weekend.

“Between the community volunteers, and everyone that stepped up, we were able to make this happen in just a matter of weeks,” Allison Updike, with Falling Creek Farms Pool, said.

At the beginning of June, volunteers converged on the pool to help keep it open. For many in this community, they say this pool brings back memories of days gone by.

“I grew up down here as a kid myself, and some of my best memories were down here growing up as a kid,” Mandy Woodfin, who attended the grand opening with her family, said.

Pool members said places like this are rare these days.

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“It’s a safe place to come, it’s a family environment, it just feels amazing to be able to come back down here again this year,” Woodfin said.

That feeling almost didn’t happen this year.

“I didn’t think it was going to open; and we’re very excited that we can actually have some place to go during the summer because we went down here every day last year,” Woodfin’s daughter Kayla said.

Management at the pool said they are thankful for everyone that made today possible.

“To have beautiful blue water and clean concrete, and umbrellas, and tables and chairs is miraculous,” said Updike.

Since they are opening late this year, management plans to keep the pool open through September. They are still in need of members to keep it open all year.

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