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South Jackson church to manage city-owned pool

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson church will take over a city-owned pool. At the Jackson city council meeting on April 24, council members approved a facility use agreement between the city and New Horizon Ministries, Inc. to manage and use the city-owned pool on Terry Road.

Ronnie Crudup Jr, executive director of New Horizon Ministries, Inc. said the church decided to step in after noticing the property hadn’t been used in a few years.

“We’ve done some paint jobs on the pool ourselves with the ministry and former councilman Hendrix,” said Crudup. “We just wanted to see how we could use our platform and resources to try to help open the pool for the community.”

Crudup said opening this pool would give South Jackson residents more options when it comes to recreational activities, and they won’t have to travel to the other side of town to do so.

 “Our major plan is to do swim lessons,” added Crudup. “We really want to teach the children how to swim. I’m really big into youth activities, and we want to make sure the children in the City of Jackson, especially South Jackson, will have an opportunity to learn how to swim and not just jump into a pool and play but really learn how to swim.”

Although the church will manage the pool, it will still be open to the public.

“We still will charge a small minimum fee that people can come pay and we’ll do some other activities as well,” said Crudup. “We’re thinking about some other things like water aerobics, and really just trying to do some other out of the box thinking for the pool that would really benefit the whole community.”

Several council members praised Crudup’s efforts to enact change in the South Jackson community.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba recalled Crudup bringing this effort to his attention near the beginning of his term and said the city is happy to provide more recreational activities for children.

“We have huge financial holes,” said Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. “Just like we’ve had to do with Grove Park, this is the same thing where we’ve realized we have a financial hole, we found a partner to help us overcome our hole and provide services to that need them the most. I want to say good work to the Public Works Department, Parks and Rec, and I want to thank New Horizon Ministries for being the sort of partner that the City of Jackson needs.”

Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks said Crudup also presented this idea to him in the past and he thinks children in the area will love the new improvements.

“We’re also going to have sidewalks thanks to public works, going up and down Terry Road where the kids can just walk right there to the pool,” Banks said.

Crudup said the management change is expected to take effect on May 1.

In the meantime, the church will begin work to renovate the property ahead of its opening during the summer months.

If you’d like to volunteer when the church starts renovating the property, Crudup can be contacted at 601-371-1427.

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