Hammond's new pool opens

Present for the official ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday at the new public pool in Zemurray Park are Parish President Robby Miller, Belinda V. Trepagnier, Thomas Jackson, Kasiamae, Albert Carter Sr., Carlee Gonzales, Betty Lee, Desiree Dotey, Mayor Pete Panepinto, representatives and architects of the Gasaway firm, Carlese Armstrong, Sam Divittorio, Isiah Douglas, Jason Hood and Lemar Marshall.

The new city pool at Zemurray Park has opened.

The long-awaited ribbon cutting took place Saturday at 9 a.m. with Mayor Pete Panepinto wielding the ceremonial scissors.

Also present were present and past Hammond City Council members, including Lamar Marshall who pushed for this new construction to replace the old pool.

Recreation Department Director Desiree Dotey and other department staffers were delighted to see the official opening day finally arrive after being pushed back an entire year by the pandemic. 

Parish President Robby Miller was there to admire the new facility and congratulate the city officials.

Pool swim be available this afternoon until 4 p.m. Everyone entering the gate must pay $5 per adult and $3 per child under age 3.

Regular public swim hours – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays – will begin next week.

The pool is at 400 S. Oak St. in Zemurray Park. Lifeguards have been hired, and the new parking area off West Coleman Street is open, she said.

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