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Jackson-Lincoln pool won’t open until 2021

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For many families, summer would mean cooling off at Jackson-Lincoln Pool but officials said this summer that's not an option.

The pool announced it will be closed for the 2020 swim season on Saturday and board president Cecil Weathers said it's for a good reason.

"It's better to close than to endanger anybody's health. It's hard to social-distance at the pool with the kids running and stuff so we decided to close this season," Weathers said.

With the pool closed, families said they're finding other ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Sarah Shrand said she's got options.

"We spend a lot of time just going on walks and riding bikes and just trying to keep our distance from everybody, but it's tricky because they're kids. They want to play and they want to see friends and without a pool open we're just limited. So, I foresee a lot of sprinkler and pull time in our backyard this summer," she said.

Grandmother Carey Aikman said she doesn't know what her family's summer will look like with the pool being closed, but in the meantime they'll go fishing.

"I'm trying to figure out something for the kids," she said.

Weathers said just because the pools are closed doesn't mean they won't find something for families to enjoy.

"We're all looking into this trying to see what benefits we can do for our youth and have them have a safe summer and be occupied," he said

Weathers said the plan is to reopen summer 2021, but once plans are determined they will be posted to the Jackson-Lincoln Facebook page for you to be aware of the updates.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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