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Davis Islands oasis in Tampa is restored

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: August 23, 2014 at 04:22 PM

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn formally reopened Roy Jenkins Pool on Friday, and children are invited to swim for free today at the historic complex on Davis Islands.

The pool, built in 1928, has remained closed since 2008, when inspectors determined it did not meet public health and safety guidelines. Repairs and aesthetic upgrades cost $2.25 million, with the city paying most of the total. The Davis Islands Civic Association contributed $500,000.

Buckhorn called Roy Jenkins Pool an important historic structure. “I’m eager see it active, with kids swimming and playing in the pool just like they did more than 80 years ago,” the mayor said.

The pool at 154 Columbia Drive will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for children to swim for free. No city recreation card is needed.

It will remain open through Oct. 31. Beginning next year, the pool will be open throughout the summer.

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