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By Teresa Simpson
Whitman County Gazette 

Dickinson named Rosalia pool manager


August 4, 2022

ROSALIA — The local public pool has a new manager.

As the pool manager, Piper Dickinson, 38, will coordinate activities at the pool and adjacent park.

Dickinson grew up in Oakesdale, and has lived in Rosalia for the past 20 years. She served on the Whitman County Park District No. 5 from 2015-18.

“I wasn’t into the politics or numbers at the pool. I was playing with the idea, and they called me," Dickinson said of her new job. "I didn’t want the pool to close so I came back.”

As someone who loves the park, Dickinson takes her title seriously.

“I love the park, always have for some reason. I got married there, had birthdays, showers,” she said, adding she loves putting on events.

And Dickinson is planning several.

“I’m doing a midnight swim Aug. 12 with a $5 entry fee. You get dinner,” she said.

The event includes games and prizes.

“We just try to make it as fun as we can. The guards get in and play with the kids as much as we can," she said. "I’m going to put glow sticks in the pool, and have a glow in the dark swim.”

“She puts on good events, and we’re really glad to have her back,” Park Board Commissioner Kelley Messinger said, who further explained that Dickinson had the position of pool manager before and was really good at it. “She has a long history of running public swimming pools, and her knowledge will be apparent at once."

For Dickinson, the most important part of her job is having a safe place for kids to have something to do.

“It’s not about politics, it’s about the kids. I didn’t like that it wasn’t a safe place for my kids to be, and that’s why I got involved with it in 2015,” she said.


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