Dunsmuir Recreation and Parks District Administrator Mike Rodriguez described Saturday’s Free Swim Pool Party as an “appreciation day” to thank the community for their support, which made the season possible.

Dunsmuir residents and visitors made a splash at the back to school and end of summer pool parties held Friday and Saturday at the Dunsmuir Pool.

Dunsmuir Recreation and Parks District Administrator Mike Rodriguez described Saturday’s Free Swim Pool Party as an “appreciation day” to thank the community for their support, which made the season possible.

“I appreciate the community support for making this whole (2019 swim season) happen,” said pool supervisor Kim Knudsen. “It’s been great to see these kids here, safe, and having a good time.”

Knudsen thanked Dunsmuir City Councilor Dave Keisler for his support. She said he is the reason she pursued the lifeguard certification and added that she’s excited for next year.

Local vendors donated raffle prizes for the event. The Burger Barn donated ice cream certificates; the Pizza Factory donated pizza bread certificates; and Sten’s Burger Strand donated burger meal certificates. The Pizza Factory also donated a grand prize of a family dinner gift certificate and the DRPD donated a season pool pass for next year.

One of the families who came out to enjoy the pool on the last day of the season was Jeremiah Durham and his children, who live in Redmond, Oregon. They stopped for a swim as they were traveling home from a summer vacation in Marysville.

The father of two elementary school age children, Durham said they stopped in Dunsmuir because “I just like the small town atmosphere, the slower pace. And it’s beautiful.”

“My first job was as a pool assistant at age 14,” said Durham, who is a plumber in the Redmond/Bend area. “I was a lifeguard all the way through high school, starting at age 15.” He added, “These small town pools are nostalgic.”

Although Saturday’s special free swim party was well attended by swimmers of all ages, Rodriguez said the previous day’s pool event had been even more heavily attended.

“The Dunsmuir Community Resource Center sponsored the event, during which more than 80 kids enjoyed the pool.

“It was awesome,” said assistant pool supervisor Rami White. “We had so many kids here! The Dunsmuir Elementary School SAFE After School Program (staff) walked a bunch of kids here. They just played and played and had a blast.”

White said SAFE brought kids that otherwise might not get the opportunity to use the pool and it was a fun way to celebrate the end of sumer.

“(The Dunsmuir Community Resource Center) have been really great partners with the school,” White added.

Steven Bryan, who is the Program Director for Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta Community Resource Centers and Regional Director for South Siskiyou County with Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative (SCRC), described Friday’s free Back-to-School Swim Party as “a great partnership with the SAFE After School Program and Dunsmuir Elementary School.”

“The main thing (about doing events like this) is social connections – to get people out, to make new friends, to help support one another,” Bryan said.

The Dunsmuir Pool is now officially closed for the season.