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Metro Parks Newsroom

LaPorte Park Pool Leaking, Closed for Season

Wednesday June 20, 2007

Nine other summer pools remain open, along with indoor aquatic center

LaPorte Park – Western High School Pool Shuttle
Free service for pool users, six days a week.  Arrive early, as the shuttle departs promptly at posted times.  Riders must pay the regular pool admission fee when they arrive at Western.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Depart LaPorte – 12:45 p.m.
Depart Western – 2:00 p.m.
Depart LaPorte – 3:15 p.m.
Depart Western – 5:15 p.m.

Depart LaPorte – 10:45 a.m.
Depart Western – 1:00 p.m.
Depart LaPorte – 3:15 p.m.
Depart Western – 5:15 p.m.

Depart LaPorte – 1:00 p.m.
Depart Western – 2:15 p.m.
Depart LaPorte – 3:30 p.m.
Depart Western – 5:15 p.m.

The outdoor swimming pool in LaPorte Park, 2529 Bank Street, has developed a significant leak and mechanical problems that will require it to close for the season, Metro Parks officials said today.  Pipes located beneath the perimeter of the facility’s concrete deck that carry filtered water into the pool have ruptured.  The leaking water is also flooding the pool’s electrical system.

Metro Parks will conduct a complete evaluation of the pool in the next few weeks to determine the best long-term solution.  A preliminary estimate puts the cost of repairing the pool at more than $100,000.  LaPorte’s summer pool attendance was 2,330 last year – a 72 percent drop over the past 15 years.  Overall, use of outdoor Metro Parks pools has dropped 53 percent during that time.

Beginning Saturday, Metro Parks will offer a free shuttle service twice a day between LaPorte Park and Western High School’s pool, which is also operated by Metro Parks.  The shuttle service will continue daily – except Wednesdays, when Western is closed – as long as there is sufficient demand. Riders will pay the regular pool admission fee when they arrive at Western.

“The problems at LaPorte are extensive enough that we won’t be able to repair the pool before it’s scheduled to close for the season on August 4,” said Jerry Brown, assistant director of Metro Parks.  “Because our pools are between 30 and 60 years old, we expect to have challenges keeping them operating, but the problems we’ve faced this year make it clear that many of our pools are well beyond their expected life span.  The best solution for now is to offer pool users a free shuttle to Western High School’s pool while we do more analysis at LaPorte.”

Nine other outdoor pools are available throughout the summer season: Algonquin Park, 1614 Cypress Street; Breslin Park, 1388 Lexington Road; Fairdale Pool in Nelson Hornbeck Park, 709 Fairdale Road; Hazelwood Elementary School, 4251 Hazelwood Avenue; Norton Pool in Camp Taylor Park, 4201 Lee Avenue; Shelby Park, 600 East Oak Street; Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane; Watterson Elementary School Pool, 3900 Breckinridge Lane; and Western High School, 2501 Rockford Lane.  Additionally, the indoor Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center – at 201 Reservoir Road in Crescent Hill Park – is open seven days a week, year-round.  For detailed schedules, call 502/897-9949 or visit

Standard outdoor pool hours are: Monday to Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.  All outdoor pools close one day a week for maintenance.  Admission is $1.50 for children 17 and under and $2 for adults 18 and over.  Photo identification is required for anyone age 9 or older; children 8 or under must be accompanied by a guardian with photo identification.