July 24, 2016

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Medina’s outdoor pool to be dry this summer

The Medina Municipal Pool at Memorial Park will not be open this summer because of structural concerns. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE MEDINA PARKS DEPARTMENT)

MEDINA — The city’s outdoor pool at Memorial Park won’t open this summer because of structural concerns. Parks Director Tim Swanson said it was becoming too costly to keep refilling the pool because of cracks in the seal.

“It’s just old age, it’s cracking and sagging,” he said. “We were losing so much water that it wasn’t worthwhile to keep filling it in.”

The pool was built in the late 1950s and remodeled in the ‘70s, Swanson said.

This summer, Swanson and Medina Community Recreation Center Director Mike Wright are working on a plan to provide access to the center for residents who normally would use the pool.

The outdoor pool usually opens in June, the weekend after school ends.

Swanson estimated it would cost “close to a million dollars if not more” to renovate the pool.

Another option could be to build a pool, which could be more like a small outdoor water park with water slides and other features, he said.

City Council’s Public Properties Committee has been discussing the issue.

Councilman Jim Shields, Ward 4, chairman of the committee, said Council members like the idea of keeping the pool in the same place but also are considering putting an outdoor pool at the rec center.

Shields said many decisions remain to be made.

“Do we just replace the pool or do we create a little water park? We were very open to modernizing it,” he said.

Council also plans to study how much it would cost to build a pool as well as options for funding it.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.