Sun worshippers and pool fans packed Baer Memorial Pool on Saturday, for the 2010 grand opening of the facility.
The weather was warm, the water was warm and there was a special reason everyone gathered at 3 p.m. poolside: Admission was free!
Mark Hoffman, chairman of Lehighton Pool Pals, gathered everyone around him as he officially named and dedicated the new 32-foot by 18-foot pavilion to the Behler family, owners of Blue Ridge Pressure Casting of Lehighton.
Hoffman said that the Behler family was instrumental in getting the pool open. When Pool Pals was faced with the insurmountable task of raising money, they offered both moral and financial support.
"Without Blue Ridge, we might not have had the motivation to move forward," said Hoffman.
Hoffman officially named the pavilion the Blue Ridge Pressure Casting pavilion in honor of their support.
Hoffman also noted that he was announcing and dedicating the baby changing tables in the men's and women's locker rooms, plus the grill which was donated by the Wilbur "Cap" Bauchspies family.
As part of the festivities, Bessie Bauchspies, wife of the late Wilbur "Cap" Bauchspies, presented the first hot dogs roasted on the grill to Don and Andy Behler. Then Bauchspies helped serve free hot dogs to everyone there.
"The pool is here to create a lifetime of memories for the community," said Hoffman. He noted that the pavilion is available for rental for parties and that free entrance to the pool accompanies anyone in the party with the rental of the pavilion.