Children are making quite a splash and are enjoying Maud's swimming pool again following a major facelift and upgrade thanks to a grant from the Avedis Foundation.

Children are making quite a splash and are enjoying Maud’s swimming pool again following a major facelift and upgrade thanks to a grant from the Avedis Foundation.

The pool, originally built in 1969, reopened in recent days, but the formal grand opening celebration to officially dedicate the new Maud centerpiece will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, said Maud Superintendent Jerry McCormick.

The Olympic size pool, which is operated by Maud Schools, was in need of repairs so the district sought a grant from the Avedis Foundation, McCormick said, which promotes health and wellness.

“It was at the point we had to make repairs or close it,” McCormick said, adding the Maud pool is really the only recreation for children in Maud.

With the $360,000 grant, the pool’s plumbing and filter system was renovated, along with other major repairs to upgrade the pool. A new diving board, climbing wall, a slide as well as a splash pad for younger children also was installed, he said.

“We’re really thankful to the Avedis Foundation,” he said, adding the foundation is compassionate about what they do to help communities.

On the opening day earlier this week, 87 enjoyed the pool, he said, and there has been 40 to 50 children visiting each day since.

As part of Saturday’s official open house, there will be a short program along with free admission to the pool.

For now, the pool is open 1 to 4 p.m. daily, the superintendent said, and hours for after school starts on Aug. 13 haven’t yet been decided.