The Wait is Over at Rainbow Beach

By Melissa Crash

Published 07/19 2014 04:29PM

Updated 07/19 2014 11:51PM

The community of Vincennes has patiently waited for their public pool to open all summer.

Rainbow beach opened their gates for anxious swimmers Saturday afternoon.

The wait is finally over, and not even an hour into the grand opening Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center was packed. But one lucky Vincennes kid got to try out the water slide before anyone else.

Emma Hobbs, the first swimmer down the water slide said, "It was exciting, like it wasn't too cold on the slide, but when I hit the water it was kind of cold."

Officials say this opportunity wouldn't have been possible without the help from the community. Even though it took more time than expected the city appreciates the support, and Frank Emerit with the Parks and Rec. Department says it was worth the wait.

"It's really the journey, not the destination that is so much fun, but going forward for the people of Vincennes is going to be just awesome," said Emerit.

Kids were jumping in the first rainbow beach pool in 1937. There was a fountain in the middle that combined with sunshine, created a rainbow and that's why they call it rainbow beach to this day. Mayor Joe Yochum says, he hopes this new pool will bring happiness to all swimmers for the next 70 plus years.

"All I want to see is all the happy faces and the kids out here really enjoying it," said Yochum.

But with the delays of construction, the community won't have as much time to make a splash.

Swimmers will be able to jump in and enjoy the pool till August 10th on weekdays, but until Labor Day they'll have the weekends.

That's three weeks to spend time at rainbow beach during the week days. But officials hope families will make the short time count.

"Kids are going to come out here and get a little physical education or just some physical exercise and get away from their computers and their cell phones and actually get some exercise. Now that's a health benefit to all the kids," said Emerit.

Now that the pool is open, Vincennes can look forward to the pool being there for years to come. And next summer, opening on time.

"I think well worth it, and I think everyone is going to be pleased," said Yochum.

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