Fayetteville pool closes again for repairs

August 4, 2010 8:06:55 PM PDT
Fayetteville officials announced Wednesday that Chalmers Pool will be closed the next two days, so PWC can repair a malfunctioning valve. The swimming pool at the Seabrook Recreation Center, located at the corner of Langdon Street and Slater Avenue across from Fayetteville State University, was originally supposed to only be closed on Tuesday to repair the main water line.

"Well the water one of our pipes busted and the water was seeping out and what we did was the City came in and fix the pipes," said Les Thorne, who is in charge of Seabrook Recreation Center.

When that was completed, problems with the valve were discovered when workers were turning the water back on to feed the main line.

"PWC is working on a back up, cutting the water off because of the fact the bathrooms and water fountains are not working and when they're not working they close the building and the pool," Thorne said.

Parents say the last couple of days they have been breaking the news to some pretty disappointed kids.

"Well, I want to give (my 9-year-old son) some recreation before school started back," father Willie Blue said. "You know, he hasn't had a lot of recreation this year. I thought this would be a fun way to do it."

Officials say Chalmers Pool should reopen on Friday.

While the pool is closed, a lot of children are cooling off at the Aquatic Splash Pad at Christina Smith Park on Fisher Street.

The Splash Pad, operated by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation, is opened Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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