Pool becomes its savior’s namesake

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Roy Savage thought that the idea of shutting down the city pool was all wet.

The former Bedford City Council member argued against it in 2005, when budget cutbacks convinced the majority of the council to fill it up with dirt.

So it seems only appropriate that the city will honor Savage — who served on the council for 12 years before losing his seat to term limits — this Saturday by naming the reopened pool after him.

“Roy was instrumental in ensuring Central Pool continued to be a key part of the recreational services to our residents,” said Mayor Jim Griffin. “Naming Central Pool the Roy Savage Pool at Central Park is a fitting tribute to Roy’s outstanding service to our city.”

Savage, a Bedford resident for more than 50 years, was humbled and surprised by the city’s decision to dedicate the pool at 1200 Central Drive after him. The ceremonies start at 9 a.m.

“I never dreamed they’d do anything like that,” Savage said. “It’s definitely an honor.”

The pool reopened in 2008, but Savage remembers the fight to keep it open and then to re-open it. The pool remains a real asset, Savage said, although he hasn’t been swimming in years.

“It took a lot of talking and convincing to get the council to reopen that pool,” Savage said.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans

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