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Closure of Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center’s Olympic pool extended until April 14

Tuesday March 18, 2008

Metro Parks Replacing Much of Pool’s Mechanical Systems

Metro Parks has extended the closure of Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center’s Olympic pool until April 14. A repair project encountered unexpected delays after contractors had to cut through a thicker-than-expected concrete pool lining and large segments of bedrock below the pool floor while replacing the main drain system that failed on February 25.

Metro Parks is also completing a major pool improvement project originally scheduled to take place this spring. That work includes replacing aging pipes and installing a new filtration system that will greatly reduce the need to apply chemicals to the water. Together, the planned pool improvement project and main drain replacement will cost approximately $450,000 and bring the pool into compliance with health and safety codes.

The facility’s therapy pool and fitness center remain open for normal hours.

“While this has been a terrible inconvenience to our customers, the good news is we’re replacing nearly all of the pool’s mechanical systems, which will resolve some lingering problems that have been frustrating to us and the pool’s many users,” said Jerry Brown, assistant director of Metro Parks. “We’re replacing pipes and redesigning the main drain, which will improve overall recirculation and quality of water in the pool. We really appreciate everyone’s patience as this difficult project is completed.”

Brown said Metro Parks didn’t know exactly what hidden conditions to expect until crews dug an 80-foot-long trench along the bottom of the pool. That’s when workers discovered the exact depth of concrete on the pool floor and ultimately had to drill through bedrock to make room for the new, larger drain system.

Updates are available by calling 502/897-9949 or visiting

Temporary Arrangements for Pool Users

Metro Parks has worked with swim teams and other aquatic facilities to find temporary accommodations for groups and individuals who swim at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center. Additionally, existing aquatic center memberships are being extended to compensate customers for the time the pool has been closed.

Other local facilities that have agreed to accommodate Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center users include:

· Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center, 750 Cypress Station Drive – (502) 896-3900

· Downtown YMCA, 555 S. 2nd Street – (502) 587-6700

· Executive Inn East, 978 Phillips Lane – (502) 367-6161

· U of L Ralph Wright Natatorium – (502) 852-0948

Hours and admission fees vary; call for details.

Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center is located at 201 Reservoir Road in Crescent Hill Park. The facility features an Olympic pool that offers lap swimming, water exercise and swim lessons; a therapy pool; and a fitness center with Cybex, free weight and cardio equipment. Regular hours are Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.