Scottville residents can swim at Riverside Park pool Sunday afternoons.

July 1, 2019

Scottville residents can swim at Riverside Park pool Sunday afternoons.

SCOTTVILLE — Beginning Sunday, July 7, residents of the city will be able to swim at Riverside Park pool. On Monday, July 1, City Commission approved allowing residents to use Riverside Park during the park season on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

The cost will $1 per person. All children under the age of 18 will have to be accompanied by an adult who must show identification proving that they are residents of the city.

The pool was built in the 1990s utilizing funds that were raised by the then Scottville Chamber of Commerce, along with grant funding. It is maintained through Riverside Park funding along with the city’s general fund — which has long been a sensitive topic to many residents who have questioned why they are not allowed to use the pool if they pay taxes for it.

The suggestion to allow public swimming came from Riverside Park manager Sue Bershing, who suggested it to the city’s parks and recreation committee and the city’s finance/ordinance committee. Both committees recommended city commission approve the request, which it did unanimously, on a trial basis.

“There should be some perks to living in town and we believe this is a small gesture to the city’s residents,” said Commissioner Rob Alway. “This will also offer more exposure of Riverside Park to the city’s residents.”

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