One of the most popular places in Lehigh Acres to be on a warm and sunny day is the Lehigh Acres Community Pool, at 1400 West 5th St., just off of Lee Boulevard and Williams Avenue.
It's a place for local residents and their friends, and snowbirds to lie out under the sun or swim in the giant-sized pool.
Hundreds of people use the pool daily. For a couple of bucks you can spend the day. And for senior citizens who are members of the Lehigh Senior Citizen Center, the price is included in their membership at the Center.
Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club members Linda Harcleroge and Damon Shelor test out the new furniture. Standing is pool supervisor Rebecca Flora.
Rebecca Flora, the pool supervisor has been at her job for the past eight years and she and her staff are always finding ways to make the pool area more comfortable for the many visitors.
Last week, a group of people who often use the pool, along with Flora, Linda Harcleroge, a member of the committee and an employee at the pool, along with Damon Shelor of the Kiwanis Club, celebrated the addition of lots of new furniture for the pool area.
The celebration came in the form of a potluck luncheon with all the new chairs, lounges and tables for visitors to enjoy.
"The new furniture for the pool really has enhanced the facility," said Harcleroge. She has headed up the committee of pool enthusiasts who wanted to help raise money to buy the new outside furniture to give the pool a fresh look. Members of the committee asked for financial gifts and held bake sales over the past few months and spent time at the recent Lehigh Acres Spring Festival, where there they collected $400 for the cause.
Supervisor Flora said all together, the committee of locals raised $1,625 with more money coming in every day. The county's Dept. of Parks and Recreation also put $2,000 in the pot for the new pool furniture.
Shelor, a member of the Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club, was also on hand for the potluck dinner and the celebration on April 3.
"The Kiwanis is glad to always help in the community and this was one of the things we could do. The Kiwanis operate a thrift store on Homestead Rd. in Lehigh and its profits go to causes to help Lehigh.
The new pool furniture included 25 outside upright chairs, 15 lounges and other outside furniture pieces.
"We were also celebrating the leaving of many of our snowbirds" said Linda Harcleroge, who helped to raise money for the pool. "A lot of them are beginning to leave now that it's April and they for the most part will be back up north by May."
The pool is a public facility, something the personnel at the pool want everyone to know about. While there, you can relax in the sun or the warm water on cooler days. There are lifeguards on duty and the pool is family friendly with different depths of on a few feet to deeper areas.
Altogether, there were 40 to 50 members who helped to raise money to buy the new outside furniture. Giant sized umbrellas shade tables for those who want to protect themselves from sunburn.
During the celebration, Mary Chelli serenaded the committee during its pot luck luncheon with music.
Summer hours begin June 1, 2013 and include the following schedule:
Monday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 7 to 8:45 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. And on Sundays from 1 to 5:45 p.m.
The pool contains 169,800 gallons of water and is an 8-lane heated pool that is open year-found. lap lanes are provided for the lap swimmer and water exercise. The Arthritis Foundation offers classes through the year on weekdays.
Admission prices are: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (55 and older), $2 for children (under 18). Six-month and one-year passes are available for the families or individuals.