"It's more than 45 years old," said Jeffries, 41. "My grandfather picked the site for the pool. My parents were members. I grew up there."
The pool now is at capacity with 265 members and has a waiting list, said David Beaver, vice president of the board.
Membership fee is $360 a year with an additional stock fee that changes on a yearly basis. There is no website but the pool has a Facebook page, he said. The pool opens Memorial Day weekend.
Steve Corbin serves on the board for Cross Lanes Recreation Association that now has a membership drive in the works for the Cross Lanes pool located at 5447 Big Tyler Road.
The pool was chartered about 1975 and there are different tiers for cost of membership. Go to www.crosslanessharks.webs.com for more information.
There are now about 410 members. Besides the regular pool, the facility includes a separate children's pool that is being considered for refurbishing. Tennis courts were upgraded a couple of years ago.
"We have a basketball court, picnic shelter, clubhouse with concessions, and a small playground for kids," he said.
The pool is known for its winning swim team. The coach this year is Ryan Pennington, who will also oversee swim lessons for younger kids. The swim team also benefited under the leadership of Bren Stevens, now athletic director at the University of Charleston, Corbin said.
"The Cross Lanes Sharks have won 25 city swim meets in succession," Corbin said.
The pool opens for the season on May 19. The pool is very dependent upon the school calendar for staffing lifeguards and other workers, he said. Corbin said the most important benefit to belonging to a private pool is the sense of community it creates.
"Members have an ownership and that creates a sense of pride," he said.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.