Tyler leaders evaluating options for Woldert Pool

Fun Forest pool, 900 N. Glenwood Blvd., is seen in a 2016 photo. The pool will be closed for repairs this summer.

Tyler’s only municipal pool will be closed for the entire summer season, the city announced Friday.

The city was making upgrades for disability accommodations and preparing the pool for summer use when staff became aware of leakage issues, the city said.

“A third party was brought in to evaluate the pool structure, pump system and needed repairs,” the news release said. “It was determined the city could not open the pool at this time due to unsafe swimming conditions.

“The needed repairs to the 50-meter Olympic size pool, originally built in 1938, will take approximately three months or longer,” the news release said.

“While we understand the disappointment this news brings, we take the safety of our residents very seriously and are not willing to compromise that safety,” Russ Jackson, the parks and recreation director, said in a statement.

“We invite all to cool off at the Faulkner Park spray grounds and the newly renovated Splasher the Dolphin splash pad at Bergfeld Park, which are up and running during approved park hours,” Jackson said.

The announcement comes after years of problems with the aging pool at Fun Forest Park, off North Glenwood Boulevard, and a year after the city closed the pool at Woldert Park, off North Broadway Avenue, for similar leakage issues and repairs.

The Parks and Recreation Department has outlined long-term plans to replace the pool and add more water features for kids at Fun Forest Park; and replace the pool and upgrade the splash pad at Woldert Park.

In January, the City Council approved a contract for about $930,000 to remodel bathrooms and improve disability ramps at Fun Forest Park, and add a pavilion and parking at Woldert Park.

City Council approved spending about $30,000 at the same time for electrical work at the two parks.

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Erin came to Tyler from Vermont, where she worked for VTDigger.org and previously the Rutland Herald. She received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school.

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