Wendell pool that banned baggy pants, dreadlocks will close at end of 2019 season

WENDELL, NC (WTVD)–A private outdoor recreation center accused of making racist pool rules this summer will be closing at the end of the year.

The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) of Wendell announced Labor Day 2019 (Sept. 2) will be its final day of operation. ORC said it plans to close because its owners, Johnny and Teresa Freeman, are going to retire.

ORC has been open in Wendell for the last six years.

In June 2019, posted pool rules caught the attention of a lot of people on social media.

One of the rules stated, “No baggy pants, no dread-locks/weaves/extensions or revealing clothes will be permitted or you will be asked to leave.”

Many people online said that rule was racist because of the language it used to specifically and negatively target people of color.

The Freemans responded saying the rules were not intended to be racist.

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