Swimming in the sparkling water at the Dunsmuir Community Pool has been a favorite way to cool off for generations.

It’s where Cindy Barajas learned to swim, where her daughter learned to swim, and now her granddaughters are swimming there, too, when they come to visit.

Barajas said the pool is wonderful. “They work hard to keep this pool going. A lot of people donate for pool bucks, so it makes it cheaper for the kids.”

Barajas was swimming Thursday with her daughter, Camay Megerdoomian, who grew up in Dunsmuir, and her granddaughters, three-year old Mila and one-year old Nicole. Camay and her daughters were visiting from out of town.

Hunter Kirch, co-supervisor and lifeguard for four years, said he likes working at the pool. “I like working with kids and teaching them how to swim. I get to be outside making sure everybody’s having fun and being safe.”

Kirch is a Dunsmuir High School graduate now attending College of the Siskiyous.

Rex Baymiller from Dunsmuir was at the pool Thursday with his 10-year old son Rex Jr.

He said his son was doing front flips before he could, which was “very cool.” Rex could only do back flips, which aren’t allowed at the pool. “So I practiced a whole year before I could do them.” Laughing, he added, “I was 46 before I could do my first front flip”

Christian Albrecht from Weed said he and his brothers, Strider and Shawn, like swimming in Dunsmuir because the pool is bigger than the Weed pool.

The pool offers swim lessons, exercise classes, and adult lap swim, and can be rented for private parties. Regular swim hours are Monday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost is $1 for children 18 and under and $2 for adults.

For more information call the Dunsmuir Recreation and Parks District Office at 235-4740.