FVSU pool reopens

January 31, 2015 – During Middle Georgia’s coldest months, Wildcat students and the local community can warm up by taking a dip in Fort Valley State University’s newly re-opened pool. To celebrate, the university held a “Big Splash” pool re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 30 in the Health and Physical Education Complex.Fort Valley State University president Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, First Lady Francille Griffith, and members of the campus’ royal court and Student Government Association cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of repairs on the pool.Prior to the ribbon cutting session, the university held a brief, pool-side program.

“I’m delighted that this pool has reopened thanks to the hard work of Dr. Dwayne Crew, FVSU’s associate vice president for business and finance, and the state’s Board of Regents for the completion of this pool,” the president said. “Now, we will be doing much more than swimming here.”

“I’ve got my towel ready,” Barbara Williams, mayor of Fort Valley,  told the crowd. “I am happy to see this initiative that students and the community can share as well.”

At the event, Dr. Dwayne Crew, FVSU’s Associate Vice President for Business and Finance shared the complex’s pool history detailing that Dr. Gerald T. Walker, a former physical education director on campus, initially applied for the funding for the pool.

Six years ago, the 6,300 square-foot pool was closed due to a crack in the foundation. Crew said contractors believed it would take $2 million to fix the pool, but the repairs were successfully completed using $400,000 in funding from the Board of Regents.

There were some adjustments to the pool’s structure during the repair process, including altering it from 12-feet deep to a depth of 7 feet.  The pool now holds 190,000 gallons of water.

Dr. Joshua Murfree, director of athletics, credited the president for successfully tackling the project to fix the pool.

“We should give Dr. Griffith a standing ovation, not only for planning and dreaming, but executing this project.

After the ribbon cutting, Westfield High School and FVSU’s Wildcat Battalion performed water exercises.



Christina D. Milton,writer/Social Media Specialist

Fort Valley State University
Office of Marketing and Communications

(478) 822-7589, miltonc@fvsu.edu