Durham pool opens after thousands of dollars in repairs

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After thousands of dollars' worth of repairs, and a year of work later, the Long Meadow Pool on Liberty Street in Durham is now ready for swimmers.

After thousands of dollars' worth of repairs, and a year of work later, the Long Meadow Pool on Liberty Street in Durham is now ready for swimmers.

The pool opened for the summer season Friday, but the fun in the sun almost didn't happen.

"It was kind of questionable whether the pool was going to open, but we did get the green light from both risk management as well as our general services department a couple of weeks go," said the Assistant Director of Durham Parks and Recreation Jason Jones.

The Liberty Street pool closed last year after several safety hazards shut it down. Cracks on the pool deck, exposed openings, and backed-up drains caused the pool's pump room to flood. However, all of it is now fixed.

"We have two sub-pumps that will help ensure that the water level will not get to a point where it's dangerous for our staff or any of our patrons," Jones said.

Jones said he's excited to see the pool back up and running.

"Where I grew up, we didn't have any outdoor swimming pools. We didn't have any indoor swimming pools," Jones said. "So it's exciting for me to live in a community that has such a commitment to both outdoor swimming pools and indoor swimming pools."

Officials from Durham Parks and Recreation said they spent almost $80,000 for all the fixes it took to get the Long Meadow pool back up in running.

The over 80 year-old pool had already seen $135,000 work of repairs prior to the new renovation.

Click here more on the pool's hours of operation and pricing.

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