KEYSER - Keyser's John R. Shelton Swimming Pool is scheduled to open at noon Saturday, and the first 50 children will get in for free.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Keyser’s John R. Shelton Swimming Pool is scheduled to open at noon Saturday, and the first 50 children will get in for free.
After the first 50, admission will be just $1 for Saturday only.
Parks and recreation commissioner William Zacot announced during Wednesday’s Keyser City Council meeting that donations by several area residents and businesses would make it possible to offer free admission to the pool at various times.
Saturday’s free admission is being made possible by citizen Mark Tranum and Mt. State Asphalt. Others who have donated, according to the City of Keyser Facebook page, include Duckies Bar & Grill, TJ Exterminating, Lynn Robinson/Pampered Chef, and Hectic Hydrographics.
Wednesday, water distribution supervisor Teddy Nester said the pool had passed the required water tests and should be ready for Saturday.
Zacot brought up admission prices for the pool, which had previously been $3.50 for adults and $2.25 for children, and suggested making it $2 across the board.
The item was not on the agenda and therefore could not be voted upon, but it was the general consensus of the council to go with the $2 admission.
They also discussed whether a parent who is just accompanying his or her child should be charged to get onto the pool grounds.
“I don’t think a parent should have to pay to watch their child swim,” mayor Damon Tillman said.
Council member Terry Liller re-emphasized the thought that “the pool was never intended to make money.”
A splash party is being scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3.
In addition, the Parks and Rec Committee is sponsoring a school supply drive and donations are being accepted at the pool during normal operation hours.
The donated supplies will be given away as part of the upcoming New Voice New Vision K Town Celebration scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11, at the South End Park.