EUGENE, Ore. -- As the summer heats up, staff at Eugene public pools are gearing up for summer swim classes, and swimmers in Cottage Grove are looking forward to their new pool.
The Warren H. Daugherty Aquatic Center in Cottage Grove is undergoing a $6.2 million modernization project thanks to a bond measure passed by voters. The pool is set to open in September, and 12-year-old Chantel McGarry can't wait.
"One of the fanciest pools in Oregon is Willamalane Swim Club in Eugene, and our coach says the pool is going to be fancier than that," McGarry said.
Crews are building an eight-lane 25-yard pool and a separate warm water therapy pool with new locker rooms and other upgrades. The pool will be run by the South Lane School District. Spokesman Garrett Bridgens said the pool was originally built in the 50s to improve water safety.
"Prior to 1955, there were some drownings in our lakes, and people out in the community said we need to be able to provide better water safety," Bridgens said.
Bridgens also said the old pool was not regulation size and the new pool will allow them to hold swim competition and bring money to the community.
Up north staff at Eugene public pools are preparing for summer swim classes that start June 17.
Chloe Hubbard, the swim lesson coordinator at Amazon Pool, said one class is already fully booked.
"Learning to swim is such an important safety skill and life skill," Hubbard said. "I have definitely seen kids that start out when they are three and they become such strong swimmers, and it really gives them the ability to enjoy the summer in a safe way."
There is still time to sign up for swim classes in Eugene for both kids an adults. You can sign up by visiting any Eugene public pool in person or online by clicking here.