Athens Cultural Affairs Commission launched a Pool Party to celebrate the unveiling of the public art project by Harold Rittenberry and the new Rocksprings Community Pool. Located at 291 Henderson Extension, the new pool is funded by SPLOST, and features a splashpad and shade structures, offering summer fun for the entire Athens community.

Renowned local folk artist, accomplished public artist, and lifelong resident of Rocksprings, Harold Rittenberry installed a hand-wrought steel bench and cut-out mural panel featuring an array of aquatic creatures, chosen by neighborhood stakeholders from several proposals. Rittenberry’s artwork included input from Clarke Middle School students who also reside in the neighborhood.

Friday’s celebration began with a ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the art. In addition to wet and wild fun in the pool and splashpad, the party featured Dr. Arvin Scott and Drumming for Success. Children of all ages took part in an art project to transform discarded plastic bottles into exotic fish and jellyfish. ACC Recycling and Athens Land Trust were also on hand with information on environmental awareness and Rocksprings community activities.

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