Omaha Pool Fighting To Stay Open
By: Melina MatthesMMatthes@kptm.comOMAHA (kptm) - We're several weeks into summer already but one of the oldest pools in Omaha is still empty. That's because after 57 years, it now needs repairs. The new work will cost thousands of dollars to fix and the neighborhood needs your help raising the money. On a typical summer day Robin Hill Pool is packed with families lounging pool side and kids swimming. Right now however, it's empty and neighbors said if they don't raise the funds by August 1st, it'll be a loss to the community."If this pool was not here today it would be an absolute travesty for the kids. As I preach, get kids out of the TV; get them out of the house. The old days we used to ride off in our bikes and when the street lamps came on, we came home for dinner. Our forefathers were really thinking very smart when they put aside the land and invested into it. It came back 100 fold. We plan to make it come back another 100 fold," Tim Fowler said.But to keep the pool open for generations to come, he said the pool needs $30,000 in maintenance. "What we're trying to do is do as much of the work that we can do ourselves to save money and then we'll have the equipment provider come in and put the equipment in," Bridget Brooks said."As you can see, the cracks that have formed over the years we have filled in," Fowler said while pointing at the cracks on the bottom of the pool."We had to dig everything out. We went ahead and replaced the diving board stand as well and so we're going to be filling in that area with new concrete, a new diving board stand which again helping preserve it for the next 50 years. Those things get a lot of traffic from kids, they love to bounce," Brooks said. And while everything will be new and up to code, she said it will also keep its history."The paint company invented the color for us, it's actually "Robin Hill Blue" and the neat thing about our pool, you might notice it's kind of shaped like an egg. Well it was shaped like a robin's egg," Brooks said.Over the past 57 years, neighborhood kids have been manning the life guard chair. Neighbors said they hope to keep that tradition alive by raising enough funds. The Robin Hill Pool is a private pool. Therefore, it does not receive tax dollars from the city.The Robin Hill Recreation Association is holding a move night "FUN-RAISER" at Aksarben Cinema on Tuesday, July 15th to raise money. All proceeds from the event will help pay for repairs and replacing mechanical systems. The pool is located near 48th and Grover streets in Omaha.Tickets include admission to the movie of your choice that night, plus a raffle ticket. Movies showing include: America, Begin Again, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Deliver Us From Evil, Earth to Echo, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Jersey Boys, Tammy, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.The cost for tickets purchased in advance is $15 per person for adults and children ages 13 and older. Children ages 3-12 are $10 per person if bought in advance. Tuesdays are also "$2 Tuesdays" at the theatre, and attendees can purchase a small pop and popcorn for $2 each. Drink specials will also be available.Check-in at the theatre will be available beginning at 6:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and visit the vendor tables and purchase additional raffle tickets. Movie show times begin between 6:40 and 8 p.m.With their raffle ticket, attendees can win a movie night for two (including two pops and two popcorns) from Aksarben Cinema, a photo session from Jill Shot Me, and raffle prizes from Arbonne, Sweet D's Design, and Origami Owl. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each or six-for-$5. (Must be present to win.)Movie night "Fun-raiser" tickets can be purchased online anytime online at robinhillmovienight.eventbrite.com or in person at Robin Hill Pool (located at 4855 Valley Street) on Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon.For parents who want to see a different movie than their child, teen chaperones will be available to supervise children before and after the movies.Aksarben Cinema is a locally owned and operated theatre. The owners, Bill and Colleen Barstow, support numerous charitable organizations and have raised more than $70,000 for charities since the 10-screen theatre opened in Aksarben Village in December 2010.For more information about the Robin Hill Pool Movie Night "Fun-Raiser," visit: robinhillmovienight.eventbrite.com"Like" Melina on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to stay connected.