FOLLOWING concerns raised by Eastwood residents recently regarding the horrible state of the community swimming pools in Eastwood, Ward 34 councillor Mike Amod mobilised a team of people from Eastwood to clean the facility.A few weeks ago, residents shared their experiences at the pools on social media, saying they were disgusted with the state of the pools and area.The adult pool was seen to be dark green in colour with the condition of the children’s pool being even worse, with litter floating in the brown water.Amod explained that he has previously attempted to report the matter to the municipality following a number of complaints from the community.“The response I received from the municipality was negative. They said there is a lack of funding and tools,” said Amod. Fever’s sister paper, The Witness, recently reported that a staff source at the pools had previously told the publication that a lack of financial and other input from the municipality means they are left to pay for the maintenance of the pools out of their own pockets.The councillor explained that he then decided to do something to improve the condition of the facility. “When we [myself and Paul Gordon] decided to do something about the condition of the pools, we started off with a team of six people,” said Amod, adding that they had to hustle for sponsors who would offer lawnmowers, lashers and other equipment to help them clean the area.Amod said that more community members then decided to come on board to help with the clean-up.“The community being involved in this is great but, since there are a lot of people on board now, as the councillor, I have to consider the safety aspect of people,” said Amod.Although community members have cut the grass and painted benches, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that the area is restored and is left in a good condition.Shereen Samuels, who previously posted about the distasteful condition of the pool on social media, thanked everyone who was involved in cleaning up the community pool. “Most of the work has been done; baby steps. The baby pool is emptied and in the process of being cleaned and filled. “I can’t express how happy it makes me feel when the community comes together,” said Samuels, adding that she would also like to thank Amod for coming out to help.In concluding, Samuels thanked the grass cutters for their assistance and Gordon for suggesting that the community meet regarding the issue.“Thank you once again. We are taking back our community for our children,” said Samue?ls.