But, because the people of St. Pauls banded together in the early 1980s and helped build a public swimming pool, people here have a great place to cool off.
The Dr. Arthur Bradford GAP (Get-A-Pool) Public Swimming Pool opens for the Memorial Day weekend Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30 from 1 pm until 6 pm daily.
The pool will then close until the school term ends on June 10, when it will begin its regular Summer schedule of opening daily from 1 until 6 Tuesday through Sunday of each week.
Admission is $3.
For the past several years, there has been a grassroots effort to raise money to allow St. Pauls kids under the age of 15 to swim free. This Swim Free Fund is being sponsored again this year by St. Pauls Community Relief, which means that any donation toward the Swim Free Fund is tax deductible. The Robeson County Recreation and Parks Department, which administers the pool, has entered into an agreement with St. Pauls Community Relief to charge St. Pauls kids benefiting from this Fund only $2 per child. So, for every $2 donated, one child from St. Pauls can swim free for a day at the GAP Pool, which is safe and well supervised, with lifeguards and a Pool Manager, Demond McNeill, on duty.
If you, your church, or your group would like to help support the SP Kids Swim Free Fund, please make your check payable to SP Community Relief, and mail it to P. O. Box 537, St. Pauls, North Carolina 28384. You can also drop it off to SP Community Relief treasurer Edna Muse at Town Hall or Paul Terry at The St. Pauls Review.
Working together, again, St. Pauls can insure a safe and very cool place for its children this Summer.