YMCA pool#039;s opening delayed by water leak

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2005

City water works crews put a final "band-aid" on the Greenville YMCA's 71-year-old pool two weeks ago, and YMCA director Amanda Phillips said that the pool will be open to swimmers of all ages beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The pool was cleaned and filled about two weeks ago, it quickly lost a sizable amount of water because of leaks. The water works repaired the pipes and leaks to the pool, so it will open about two weeks later than regularly scheduled, Phillips said.

"Generally the pool opens the second week in May, but because of problems with the pool leaking it caused us to be late this year," Phillips said. "The leaks were not completely repairable because it is so old, so they put a band-aid on it to make it through the summer."

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Phillips said that even with the "band-aid," the pool is losing about 10,000 gallons of water a day. That means that about $52 of water is lost, according to a spokeswoman form the Greenville Water Works Department.

The pool, which holds 350,000 gallons of water, will remain open until Aug. 1, Phillips said.

"We won't have as long of a swimming season because of the leaks," she said.

This also will be the last time the Beeland Park pool will be run by the YMCA, according to Phillips. A new two-pool complex, which will cost up to $750,000, is scheduled to be built at the new Greenville YMCA site.

"I'm 95 percent sure this will be the last year we will operate the pool at Beeland Park," she said. "Hopefully by the next summer we will have the new pools open."

The YMCA will be giving swim lessons starting June 6 to children and adults. Lessons will be given to children in age groups 3-5 and 6-13 at 8-8:25 a.m.; 9-9:45 a.m. and 6-6:45 p.m. Adults 14 and up will be given lessons at 6-7 p.m. The lessons will be given June 6-16; June 20-30; July 4-14 and July 18-28.

Phillips also said the pool isn't open just to YMCA members.

"We'll be for everyone," she said. "There will be some times when the pool is open just for members, but it will be open to the public also."

Phillips said the new $600,000 playground, which is expected to be finished with construction in a couple weeks, also will be open to the public.

In addition to running the swimming pool, summer day camp will begin at the YMCA on Tuesday.

"Typically we have about 150 children in summer day camp," Phillips said. "And that's not counting the 100 or more children we have through the Department of Human Resources program. So we'll easily have more than 200 children here this summer."

Phillips said the summer program will be full of activities ranging from arts and crafts to field trips.

"We don't ever slow down," she said. "By the time summer is over, we'll be working on fall activities."