Jun 23, 2013 1:39 PM by Cody Proctor
Folks in Choteau have found the perfect way to mark the first weekend of summer: by dedicating their new pool.
The old pool was built in 1934, and over its 80 year lifespan, the facility began to leak, costing the Lions Club money to refill it over and over again.
So the Lions Club and community members raised more than $900,000 dollars in nine years to build a new one.
But Lions Club member Jack Conatser said the need to finish it became urgent last year: "Finally the state said enough was enough. You're not circulating correctly, we won't certify your pool after 2013. So we made the decision to do this so our kids would have a place to swim this summer."
The new pool features new equipment such as a slide and diving board, along with a "zero entry" area for toddlers and young kids, with splash fountains.
The bath house was also renovated and expanded
Lions Club member Tom Rogers says the pool is the community's lifeblood in the summer time: "The school is the center of our community the rest of the year, but during the summer it's the pool. That's our community center."