Crestview's Central Baptist Church offers public pool access

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Members of a women's water fitness class flex their muscles at Central Baptist Church's Recreational Outreach Center.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 06:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Central Baptist Church offers an alternative to traveling long distances for recreational water fun.

Crestview has no municipal pool, but the Recreational Outreach Center’s community pool — available to the public the past two years — is gaining popularity, ROC Director Dana Young said.

“It’s grown this year,” she said. “At any given time, we have around 20 to 30 (at the pool).” The pool, which Young said has a 56-person capacity, is open to the community Monday through Saturday.

Most guests are mothers who bring their children to the pool, Young said. However, military personnel regularly use the pool for exercise during lane swim time.

Shawn Jones and his Crestview family on multiple occasions have visited the ROC, rather than trek to public beaches on the county’s south end.

“It’s way better than the backyard hose,” he said. “It’s a great alternative to Destin traffic. It’s a great atmosphere to come to during community swim time.”

The ROC offers twice weekly water fitness classes taught by certified fitness instructor Dara Smith.

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