South Harrison Park site of holiday weekend events
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
The swimming pool at South Harrison Park near Elizabeth will re-open Independence Day weekend and other activities, including live bands and fireworks, are planned.
The pool has been closed since August of 2018 due to needed repairs. Other renovations to the pool area were also completed.
Harrison County Park officials said there will be three swimming sessions Saturday, with the first beginning at 10 a.m. and going until 2 p.m. The second session will be from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by the third from 8 to midnight, which will include the first-time use of the new underwater colored LED lights.
Larry Shickles, parks superintendent, said during last Wednesday’s parks board meeting, held via teleconference, the lights were tested and looked good.
Board member Alex Wiseman agreed.
“It was great,” he said. “The whole thing was great.”
Last year, the Harrison County Council approved $325,000 in renovations to take place at the pool. The project included replacing the aluminum body of the pool as one measure to address leaking. Pipes were also experiencing corrosion that led to water leaking.
Shickles said at the time the pool was consuming more water than it ever had. There was also a risk of water contaminating a nearby creek.
Other new features at the pool include a fountain shooting out of a replicated fire truck in the kiddie pool.
On Sunday, the pool will open for two four-hour sessions, the first beginning at 10 a.m. and the second at 3 p.m.
Admission to the pool will be limited this weekend to 175 people each session, with tickets costing $5 per person for Super Pass holders, $3 for campers and $7 per person for all others wanting to go to the pool opening day. Super Passes are available at no charge to Harrison County residents through their township trustee; trustees paid for the passes.
“Because the South Harrison pool will be one of the few swimming pools open in the region and the local demand to see the improvements, the parks department will sell advance tickets for each time slot for these two inaugural days at the South Harrison Park toll house,” Shickles said.
Ticket sales began Thursday. The toll house is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until the July 4 weekend.
“In releasing pre-sold tickets, it is our hope not to have people show up and find they cannot get in the pool if we do have a high demand,” Shickles said. “Should we sell out any time slots in advance, we will post it on the top of our web page in the banner and on Facebook to let people know.”
To check pool ticket availability, call the toll house at 812-969-2908.
Starting Monday, the pool’s regular daily schedule will be noon to 6 p.m. through the end of July when a revised schedule, based on school calendars, will be announced.
Details for private pool parties are expected to be released next week.
Also as part of Fourth of July activities, the park will provide live entertainment Sunday on the stage. The Hank Rose Project will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by The Skinny from 7 to 9:30.
The day will conclude with a fireworks display by Casabella Fireworks, which should begin a little before 10. The show will be dedicated to the late Larry Bennett, who was instrumental in organizing the Kiwanis Club of fireworks Historic Harrison County fireworks show at Old Capital Golf Club for a number of years, and his family. Sponsors of the show include the parks department, Harrison County Discovery Center, Posey Township Trustee Teresa Sutton, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Councilman Brad Wiseman and the Harrison County Republican Party.
“Everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, coolers and blankets and make it a day at the park,” Shickles said. “Overflow parking is planned at the park for the fireworks, but we recommend arriving early to avoid any last-minute rush.”
Shickles said last week the biggest concern getting the pool ready for the weekend deals with the concession stand.
“We’re having trouble with freezers,” he said. “You can’t get freezers, and now they’re having trouble with refrigerators.”
Parks board member Heather Davis said she would try to find the parks department a good deal on refrigerators but they might not arrive until July 13. She said she hadn’t been able to find freezers yet.
During the parks board meeting, it was agreed to waive gate fees for the South Central Junior-Senior High School in-person graduation ceremony at the park on Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m.
Shickles said work at the stage is still taking place but it was expected to be done before the end of June.
The parks board scheduled another meeting for Wednesday, July 1, to work on its 2021 budget.