WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The pool house at the Happy Hill public pool was hit by vandals last week.
The pool has been closed since 2011 due to a water leak, but recently city leaders agreed to spend thousands to make repairs and reopen the facility.
Last week, workers found many of the repairs destroyed including new windows busted out and mud splattered over the walls.
“Only thing we got out here really,” said Wayne Henry a teenage resident of Happy Hills who was once part of the community swim team. “Nothing to do here… we like to swim.”
The community, once plagued with crime and gang activity, has worked to rebuild itself in recent years. The city, along with $18 million in federal grant money, replaced old dilapidated homes with apartments and a senior citizen complex. Hundreds of single family homes were suppose to be built but only a handful exist today due to the recent economy.
“A community of five houses really doesn’t do it when you have 59 lots vacant,” said Michael Cummings, who moved in last year.
Cummings believes Happy Hill still has a promising future but only if the city doesn’t forget them.
“You need to go on with the design planned. I think it would be a big benefit to the city,” he said.
City leaders had discussed closing the community pool permanently after it was hit by vandals before, but decided against.
City officials say they hope to make the repairs soon and have the pool open by June 8th.