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Hot Springs community comes together to renovate Evan's Plunge

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A 125-year-old structure in the city of Hot Springs had taken a turn for the worse.

But instead of letting it go, the community took action.

Evan's Plunge was about to take a plunge off the deep end.

"In the past years, the plunge has been a little neglected. In the last 10 years, not a whole lot has been done," said Emily Campbell, facility director at Evan's Plunge.

That's when the city decided to step in.

"The city brought Evan's Plunge the first of July last year. It took awhile to figure out what they wanted to do," said Hot Spring's Mayor Don De Vries. "We're not done yet, but we've got a good start."

But when they did figure it out, the community responded. Volunteers came together to help with the renovation. They repaired the pool, installed new counter tops, carpet, LED lighting and more.

"We had well over 400 hours of volunteer work done during the closure to help us get it ready," De Vries said. "This isn't a city issue, it's a community issues. It's a community pool, it's a community project. It's makes us feel really good that the community is backing this."

"That's over $4,000 they have saved us. The community really has come together to make this what it should be and what it hasn't been in the past," Campbell said.

The newly renovated facility is a boost for the local economy as well. De Vries says it's made quite a bit of difference to restaurants and hotels in the city.

The pool also has a healthy affect for city residents.

Georgia Holmes, city councilwoman and volunteer, says there are a lot of different minerals in the water. You can sit in it and it relieves your muscles aches.

Now that it's city owned, the plan is to have it open all year round. The mayor says want everyone to come out and enjoy it.

"We want to cater to the old people, the young people, or the people who want to life weights, or the people who just want to swim," De Vries said.

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