Oakdale Plunge hits the big 9-0

Josh Harville -- jharville@empiretribune.com
Oakdale Plunge hits the big 9-0

A longtime community tradition turned 90 years old this week. The Oakdale Park was first founded by Henry J. Cox in 1924 and the "Oakdale Plunge" was first built a year later in 1925.

The "Oakdale Plunge" is the swimming pool at the park that has seen thousands swim in its waters throughout its 90-year life. The pool was originally a sulphur-and-mineral pool first dug out with a horse and mule, according to the Oakdale Park website.

Today the pool retains its original shape from 1925 with some new-age additions. There is a diving board, a water slide, and a mushroom rain umbrella that drizzles water around it.

Recently the pool was closed for maintenance of the shallow kiddy section and reopened last Thursday. The Glen Rose Reporter was there on Tuesday to meet the smiling faces enjoying the amenities.

Doris Barker of Stephenville brought her grandchildren, Cutter Bell, 2, and Tillye Burgess, 7, of Tolar for a day of sunshine at the pool. Bell said his favorite part of the pool was the water and Burgess said her favorite was swimming and the sun. The family spent the day at the Oakdale Plunge as a central meeting point for the family.

Grandmother Sharon Thomas of Wichita Falls was with her grandchildren Kyla Thomas, 10, and Aiden Thomas, 10, and her daughter Peyton Thomas, Aiden's mother, of Arlington. Aiden and Kyla said their favorite thing to do at the pool was to slide down the water slide. The family has been enjoying the Oakdale Plunge for generations.

"I actually grew up in this pool," said Peyton. "I learned to swim in this pool and so did my son."

The Rockin' D Daycare took a field trip to the Oakdale Plunge pool for a day of fun. The kids were splashing and swimming around enjoying the hot summer day.

A new pool pump and diving board were discussed during the Glen Rose City Council's budgeting meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Oakdale manager Kelly Nobles also added during the meeting that they will look into replacing the roofs on the cabins that are known to have leaks - a total of eight of the 15 cabins - because insurance will not cover their repairs. According to Public Works Manager Jim Holder, some of those eight roofs had  the asphalt ripped off of them from years of use, not storms, which is why insurance will not cover the repairs.   

Additional reporting by Travis M. Smith