Pool patrons sad to learn of Fitzhugh pool closing - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Pool patrons sad to learn of Fitzhugh pool closing

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

The year 2016 is the last year the Fitzhugh Pool in Batesville will be open for swimmers and some say they are sad to see the place close down.

The city plans to close the pool at the end of the summer but open up it’s new aquatic center sometime in the fall.

Lowen Lermitte, the city’s program coordinator, said Friday the pool had been open since 1952.

Even though the official name is the Fitzhugh Pool, he said most know it better as the Mickey Mouse pool.

Logan Gillmore is a lifeguard at the pool and said he made many fond memories at the pool.

“I swam here as long as I can remember as a kid,” Gillmore said. “I came here about my junior year in high school and I've made a lot of friends while I was working here and I just keep on growing and growing. Hopefully they can work with me when the aquatic center is built.”

Gillmore said he has heard many people say they will be sad when the pool closes and would like to see it become a historical landmark.

Lermitte said the White River Medical Center will use the spot where the pool is as a new entrance.

He said they hope the current lifeguards will move to the new center when it opens and that they will look to hire more as well.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Authorities search for armed, dangerous suspect

    Authorities search for armed, dangerous suspect

    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:51:15 GMT
    Sunday, June 17 2018 10:33 PM EDT2018-06-18 02:33:55 GMT

    Officials in Lawrence County are asking people on the west side of Imboden to keep their doors locked as law enforcement looks for an armed and dangerous suspect who fled from police Sunday afternoon.

    Officials in Lawrence County are asking people on the west side of Imboden to keep their doors locked as law enforcement looks for an armed and dangerous suspect who fled from police Sunday afternoon.

  • Mayor Harold Perrin named first VP of Arkansas Municipal League

    Mayor Harold Perrin named first VP of Arkansas Municipal League

    Sunday, June 17 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-06-17 21:31:04 GMT
    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:26:26 GMT

    Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has been named First Vice President of the Arkansas Municipal League.

    Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin has been named First Vice President of the Arkansas Municipal League.

  • Group works to help families eat smart

    Group works to help families eat smart

    Sunday, June 17 2018 5:26 PM EDT2018-06-17 21:26:00 GMT
    Sunday, June 17 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-06-17 22:02:40 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A group is working to teach people how to eat healthy on a budget.

    A group is working to teach people how to eat healthy on a budget.

Powered by Frankly