The wait is almost over! Extensive renovations to the indoor pool at Warren Wilson College, including a brand new exterior structure, are nearing completion. The pool was originally expected to open in October, but construction delays pushed that date back. A grand opening celebration is now expected some time in early 2018.
The Warren Wilson College pool closed in 2014, and its fate remained uncertain due to lack of funding for the major repairs that were needed. But that all changed this year when the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved $300,000 to renovate the pool and construct a new building. An additional $200,000 of USDA funding was obtained, and a private donor stepped up to cover the balance.
The reopening of the indoor pool is welcome news to local swim teams, as well as the many Swannanoa Valley residents who look forward to having a place to swim right here in our own backyard. The pool is expected to have many open hours for public swimming. Residents will be able to purchase monthly, six-month and annual memberships. For the first time, pool memberships will also include access to the Warren Wilson gym and exercise facilities.
The new facility will be named the Rodney Lytle ’73 Pool, in honor of alumnus Rodney Lytle, who was a star basketball player during his years as a Warren Wilson student. Lytle went on to have a long and distinguished career with the college, serving in a number of roles, including stints as men’s basketball coach and Director of Alumni Relations.