McGregor pool reopens amidst pending lawsuit

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POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 1:07pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:35am

A Central Texas town has opened up the city pool for another season, despite a lawsuit surrounding a drowning incident last summer.

The McGregor Aquatic Center has opened up for the season, and since last year, it's gotten a facelift.

"The pool was overdue for some cosmetic attention. We painted the entire facility, repainted the edges and the markings at the bottom of the pool," said McGregor City Manager Kevin Evans.

City officials say the pool is a very important part of the community, as it gives children a place to hang out in the summer. Unfortunately, it's the same place where 12-year-old Trayvon Thomas drowned last August while at a birthday party. Since the incident, Thomas' parents have filed a lawsuit against the city for wrongful death and negligence.

No major changes have been made in number of lifeguards or regulations since the accident, but officials urge the pool is closely monitored.

"Safety is always the number one priority in the organization. The lifeguards do a lot of training and talk about safety all the time," said Evans.

One new rule was added to the pool this year. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.

"We just noticed a few children that were pretty young left last year. It's just not a good situation," said Evans.

Many kids have asked to have a splash pad at the pool, which officials hope to add in the future.
 

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Safety, huh? We were there last week and the lifeguards were throwing a football across the pool to each other in the stands and to children on the side of the pool. Several times, they almost hit children that were swimming. I informed one lifeguard that 2 of my 4 children were beginner swimmers. Later, I heard him tell another lifeguard that he couldn't leave the stand because he was "...watching these two. They can't swim well." God bless him.

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