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Community pool opens up in Lincolnville

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Updated: 5/24/2013 8:32 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- From young to old, everyone can now enjoy the Galimore pool and rec center.

Local leaders cut the ribbon Friday and opened it for the first time in four years. The masses poured in, and the mayor of St. Augustine took the first dip.

"It helps to bring the community together. We have activities out here and people come and it brings more and more fellowship," Twila Hudson said.

Galimore first opened more than 20 years ago, but was shut down when another pool opened nearby. St. Johns County gave the city $400,000 to revamp it and give it the look it has today.

"We dug the old one out. We put in a new one. Only took five months to do and it's gorgeous," Mayor Joe Bowles said.

The pool and rec center are located in the heart of Lincolnville -- home of the country's first freed black population. Here, unity means everything -- especially to 90-year-old Tiny Heggs. She came to the center for exercise when it first opened years ago, and believes it will again serve as a meeting place.

"As communities and friends, we need people that get together and care for each other," she said.

The YMCA will run the pool and the Jacksonville Jaguars will sponsor scholarships for kids to learn water safety. Both of the groups have provided a way to make access admission free. It's music to Heggs' ears.

"It looks beautiful. Beautiful."

In addition to being open 50 hours a week for recreational use, the pool will also host summer camps and swimming lessons.
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TOMMY - 5/25/2013 7:32 AM
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Another benefit for being black!
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