FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Fort Jackson community got an additional way to cool off Saturday with the reopening of Legion Pool after months of renovations.

"The old pool was approximately 60 years old," said Mike Elkins, director, Community Recreation Division, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "A completely new pool was installed with a shallow water entry area, new salt water filtration system, large shade structure, new decking and a new chemical pump house."

Other renovations included renovations to the bathhouse and restrooms; upgrades to all electrical and plumbing systems; new benches, lights, checkout counter, roof and skylights.

The renovations began in December, and the pool reopened Saturday.

"I love it," said Ruby Sutton who was visiting with her spouse, Keith, an Army retiree, and two sons, Layton and Colin. "We came here a lot last year and have been looking forward to it reopening. I like the upgrades. I like the overall appearance, the shade structure and the diving board."

Helene Harms said she has been a faithful Legion Pool patron since 1966.

"I've been stopping by every week and checking to see when it was going to be open," she said. "I have missed it very much."

The pool will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m., through Aug. 20. The pool is closed on Tuesdays. It will be open Saturday and Sunday only, Aug. 20 to Sept. 2. Admission costs $3 for DoD ID card holders and $4 for those without. Small coolers are allowed, however, glass containers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.