BIBLE HILL – Drew and Ava Arnold remembered some special memories while celebrating Scotia Pool’s 40th anniversary on Saturday.
About 70 people enjoyed a swim at Scotia Pool on Saturday. The facility was celebrating its 40th anniversary. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
While enjoying an afternoon swim at the Bible Hill facility, the father and daughter duo shared why they love the pool so much.
“I watched (my daughters) get swim lessons here,” said Drew.
“I dived off the diving board here,” added six-year-old Ava, who said she completed the dive, despite nerves, to impress her parents.
The Arnolds visit the pool frequently and said they appreciate that specific facility because it’s heated, has become a gathering place for the community and “the chlorine doesn’t seem to be as bad here,” said Drew.
He’s also hoping the pool will remain open past March as the Scotia Pool Society continues to work to find funding and ways to keep the doors open.
The Arnolds are not the only people outwardly showing support.
Alexa Smith, the pool’s customer service representative, told the Truro Daily News on Saturday that the pool continues to be busy and easily accommodates 80 people a day for various things such as lessons, exercise programs, lane swims and more. On Saturday, there were about 70 people in attendance for the anniversary swim.
“It’s important to us because we want to prove we are still here and fighting to stay open. We hope to be here 40 more years,” said Smith.
She said the celebration of a special milestone, such as a 40th anniversary, is also important for any recreation facility as it
“promotes living healthy lifestyles.”
Many people at the pool on Saturday said the facility means a lot to them and has for years. The site opened in 1973 by Pierre Elliott Trudeau. It closed in the late 1990s along with the youth training centre next door. In 1999, the Social Pool Society was formed and has been operating the all-volunteer, non-profit society and pool since then. There have also been a number of partners throughout the pool’s past, including the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Village of Bible Hill and province of Nova Scotia, to name a few.