2017-08-03 / Island Focus


And the living’s easy at the community pool

Staff photos by Zach Perkins Staff photos by Zach Perkins When the sun’s up, folks head to the Port Aransas Community Pool to take swimming lessons, workout or just to cool off.

Clockwise from top right: Morgan Plunkett, left, and Mackenzie Sherwood, right, both 8-year-olds from Corpus Christi, do handstands in the water in mermaid costumes on Wednesday, July 26. Denise Keller, left of Port Aransas, and her niece Olivia Edwards who was visiting from New Haven, Ind., cooled down on a hot summer day. Travis Cowen, a first grader from Port Aransas, learns some swimming tips from Austin Salsgiver, a lifeguard who lives on North Padre Island. Taking a dip from right are Julia Delamure and her about-to-be 2-year-old son, Clayton Delumure. They are swimming with Wynssie Jackson, 7, and Ammie Gray, 5. All four of the swimmers are from Aransas Pass. Lifeguard Jackson Willoughby of Port Aransas mans the slide as Sherwood comes out of the tunnel. Jim Wheeler of Port Aransas does a morning leg workout at the pool during the earlier hours of the day. John Neblett, a lifeguard who goes to school in Port Aransas, shows younger swimmers how to climb the rock wall in the deep-end of the pool. Swimmers will be a little cooler in the water in the near future. A pool chiller has been purchased to keep water temperatures down during the hottest times of the year, according to Linda Merritt, supervisor of the pool. It is expected to be ready for use at some point in August.

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