Spiffed-up Marine Hills pool back for 41st season



Experience tells the Marine Hlils Pool and Tennis Club that almost everyone loves a parade and a swim.

The two were combined once again last Saturday for the club’s annual season-opening parade and open swim, helping the organization celebrate its 41st year.

The parade, featuring the Federal Way High School marching band and other participants who dressed in costumes and either walked or rode bicycles. Eva Baith, for instance, wore pirate garb and adorned her bike’s handlebars with a skull and crossbones.

The pirate-themed procession went from 9th Place South to the pool on Sixth Avenue South, where the public was invited to use the pool that’s usually open only to its members.

“We’re trying to make the community feel more involved,” said Neil Ball, president of the non-profit association that runs the club.

The pool already is something of a community hub. It hosts youth swim meets involving other clubs and an adult water polo league, high school swim team members practice at it, swimming lessons are open to the public, and Nautilus Elementary School has booked class parties there.

Saturday was the official unveiling of the pool since it was relined last fall and winter. Ball said the project cost $45,000, of which more than $10,000 was raised through the sale of commemorative tiles.

The tiles, etched with the names of donors, ring the pool. The rest of the cost for refurbishing was covered by members’ fees, which also pay for ongoing maintenance.

The current club makeup resulted from the merger in 1969 of the Marine Hills Racquet Association and the Marine Hills Community Association.

More information, including schedules for swim lessons, is available on-line at

Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565,

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