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Duncan residents pool money to fill community pool

DUNCAN, Okla._Duncan children will have a place to swim this summer thanks to some big-hearted donors.

The pool was originally slated to be closed this year because of Stage 5 water restrictions. But donors are hoping by keeping the pool open, they'll keep history intact and families cool all at the same time.

Several weeks ago, it was announced that the pool at Fuqua Park would remain closed for the summer as the city of Duncan did its part to conserve precious water. Now, the pool has a new lease on life thanks to local residents who refuse to let the drought ruin their city.

When Randy Wilson learned that the pool was the drought's latest victim, he knew he had to make a move.

"I couldn't stand the idea of all these little kids driving by every day and not seeing this being used by all these kids in the community," said Wilson.

That's when residents with the same vision stepped in.

"It's by private donations. We're just individuals in the community, that want to stay anonymous, that want to pitch in and see things not changed. So, we decided to help pull that trigger and make it happen," said Wilson.

They pooled together around $15,000, and within a few weeks, were able to break ground on one of the latest well sites popping up across Duncan. It's a welcome site for the city whose hands had been tied.

"I told him it was a grand idea to me. I was elated. There's approximately 138 kids under age 17 that use this facility every day," said Dana Stanley, Duncan Parks and Cemeteries supervisor.

The new well will give the facility the access to pump thousands of gallons underground without putting strain on drinking water. But the water coming from the well will help preserve history as well.

"It's old concrete, it's sitting there, it's a big hole, the soil as good as it is in Duncan, you still something like this sits open and vacant for 2-3 years, it wouldn't be useable again," said Wilson.

"The pool's used to getting water in it, so we don't want to take any chances," explained Stanley.

Now, the pool will be a summer staple once again thanks to those who won't let a drought get the best of Duncan.

"It's pulling together. We're going to come out of this and we're going to come out a stronger, more beautiful city because of it," said Wilson.

Well construction should be wrapped up this week. From there, they'll begin filling the pool around the beginning of May; a process that could take over a week.

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