Area residents wanting to take one final leap from the high dive at the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool have only a few more days to do so.
Pool Manager Lisa Robbins said the final high dive will be taken at 5 p.m. on Monday, when the pool closes for the season.
After the pool is closed on Monday, work will begin on an extensive renovation of the pool. The new and improved version of the pool will not have a high dive.
For its final week, the pool is open from 6-8 p.m. on weekdays, from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday and from 1-5 p.m. on Monday.
The pool renovation project includes work needed to meet state regulations. Problems with the pool were noted in the last three annual inspections, and the Vandalia Park District was told that without needed improvements, it would have to shut down the pool.
The park district is funding the improvements through Tax Increment Financing funds from the city, a grant from the Old Capitol Foundation, and general obligation and alternate bonds.
Also being used are funds generating in recent years by Robbins and the pool staff. She said that the staff is continuing to raise funds, and that it will again hold a haunted house at Halloween.
Donations to the Save Our Pool fund can be made at the First National Bank Financial Center on Banker Drive. Checks made out to OCF Save Our Pool may also be mailed to Robbins at 2424 Hillsboro Road, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.