by Peter Carruthers
THERE was no shortage of willing participants to test the water at the opening of the Proserpine Pool today.
Almost six months on from Cyclone Debbie the pool officially opened this morning to the delight of lap swimmers and those just seeking respite from the heat.
Proserpine local Stephanie Trenerry said she had been waiting for the pool to open and this afternoon wasted no time in getting swimmers on her kids Savanah and Sebastian and getting them into the water.
Venue manager Sharanne Maclean said the tender to manage the council-owned facility had been won by Splash Pools.
She was also relieved for the locals that the pool was back open.
"Local morning lap swimmers were more than eager," she said.
"We had a fella in here this morning just after 6am to be the first person in the water.
"When he found out the pool is going to be open he wanted to be the first one in."
Ms Maclean said quite a few regular lap swimmers had been christened with beautiful blue water of the newly renovated Proserpine Pool.
"They were extremely pleased to have the pool open," she said.
Whitsunday Regional Council said the pool will be open year-round from 5:30am until 6:00pm, except for closures on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The pool will be open on all other public holidays from noon until 4pm.
"Council's priority was getting the pool open for public use and thanks all staff and contractors who worked on these repairs," a spokesperson said.
The kiosk will be open for the public to purchase snacks and drinks however; further repairs are still to take place around the parameter of the pool, such as installation of the new grandstand as part of our Works for Queensland funding.
Completion of the grandstand is expected by the end of October.