The City of Taylor reopened Northwest Pool today (Friday, June 13). The pool will be open from noon until 6 p.m. and June 13 is fee to Taylor residents with a valid ID.
Plenty of people were at the pool this afternoon -- young children enjoying the end of the school year, families, adults -- along with a host of recreation staff and city officials. Mayor Rick Sollars was proud of the effort that reopened Northwest Park Pool, which was closed and not reopened under the previous administration. 

The pool itself needed a good cleaning and some tile work, and there was some painting and glass work to be rehabbed in the building, but the facility's infrastructure is very sound. Recreation and parks maintenance staff did an outstanding job getting the facility ready -- new paint, clean pool, new staffers, lifeguards, etc.

Historically, Northwest Pool -- located inside Northwest Park, which borders Van Born on the north, between Beech Daly and John Daly -- was one of two outdoor public pools in the City. The other was located in Heritage Park. While Northwest remained closed for three years, the Heritage Park pool was totally razed and filled in. While there are no plans for a pool at Heritage Park, a large splash pad unit will eventually be installed on the south end of the renovated Sheridan Center.

The Northwest Park Pool features zero depth entry and fun water features. 

During the reopening, hot dogs, chips, Gatorade and water was provided for free, thanks to a generous donation from Hennessey Engineers. 

The pool is being reopened through the use of CDGB funds targeted for pocket parks.

The pool's regular schedule will be Fridays (noon-6 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). 

Daily rates are $2 for 12 and unders; $4 for residents; and $5 for non-residents. Senior daily (over 55) rates are $3 for residents, $4 for non-residents. Seasonal passes will be available.

NOTE: The City of Taylor is still looking for lifeguards. Lifeguards are responsible for maintaining a safe aquatic environment and will provide first aid/emergency care as needed. Lifeguards will also be expected to keep the facility clean. Current Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications are required. Candidates must be able to work weekend hours, Friday through Sunday. Interested candidates should apply at the Human Resource Department located on the second floor at the front of City Hall, 23555 Goddard Road, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The City of Taylor employment application may also be downloaded from the City website:  A copy of the candidate's current lifeguard certification must be submitted with employment applications.  Please contact the HR Department at (734) 374-1369 with any questions.

PHOTOS: At top, three girls from the local neighborhood demonstrate the correct way to do a cannon ball; at left, proud City of Taylor staffers and elected officials surround Mayor Rick Sollars, who pulled out the City's "grand opening" scissors for the grand reopening of the pool. Surround Sollars are (from left around the back) Jeff Dobek, Chrystal Kermans-Ditzhazy, City Councilman Charley Johnson, Guido Ulin, City Councilman Tim Woolley, Jeff Baum, (front left) Treasurer Edward Bourassa, Mayor Sollars, City Clerk Cindy Bower and City Executive Director Amanda Banas. The photos below show a good view of the playscape area of the pool, the good food enjoyed by all and the Northwest Pool banner, celebrating the reopening thanks in part to the availability of funding from the U.S, Housing and Urban Development Department.