By Darian Trotter News 4 San Antonio Facebook San Antonio – Here’s an update on a story we first told you about back in March.
We reported the swimming pool at Roy Maas’ Youth Alternative was in need of extensive repairs.
The repairs have now been made, and the children couldn’t be happier.
At Meadow Land kids are enjoying one of their favorite pastimes.
“The water is like cold and like we can feel it,” an unidentified student said.
And time spent in the pool is not just fun and games.It helps these children with serious emotional and behavioral issues in a number of ways.
It’s therapeutic and it has physical benefits too.
“It’s a great bonding time for the kids and the staff,” Debbie McCollum said.
“A time to cool off and get their exercise in,” Natalie Burke said.
It’s an outlet, they almost had to do without this summer.
Back in March leaders with Roy Maas’ Youth Alternative announced the pool would be closed for extensive repairs; to the tune of $25,000.
“I was very sad because I really wanted to go swimming,” the student said.
After our Fox San Antonio report, Bill Greehey with NuStar Energy came forward and donated the entire amount.Underground repairs began immediately and then came the wait.
“We were all so excited to wait to see how it would look,” said the student.
Burke said, “Everyday it’s like, can we go swimming, can we go swimming today. I mean it’s exciting to see them so excited that they can do something that they enjoy.” The wait ended at the end of May.
McCollum said, “It’s exciting.”
The children have been swimming daily ever sense.
“They love to swim,” Burke said.
McCollum said, “At the end of a hot day of playing basketball, gym, they look forward to coming to the pool and just cooling off.”
Burke added, “They really enjoy having the pool here, it makes them happy.”
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