The town is partnering with the Kerr Family YMCA in Raleigh to offer swim lessons while the Holding Park Pool is closed for repairs.
Workers recently discovered major structural damage at Holding Park Pool, a popular summer spot in Wake Forest that has regularly hosted children’s swimming lessons. The pool is not expected to open at all this summer.
“We were very disappointed,” said Ruben Wall, the town’s parks, recreation and cultural resources director. “We know that people really enjoy it.”
Wall said he reached out to the director of the Kerr Family YMCA, who agreed to set aside 60 swim-lesson spots for Wake Forest children.
“It’s good to have a plan B,” Wall said. “It’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.”
The YMCA is five miles from Holding Park Pool. The facility also offers fitness classes, sports and tutoring sessions.
About 20,000 people visit Holding Park Pool each year. Last year, the pool generated nearly $80,000 in revenue, according to a report.
Wall said the town’s parks and recreation department is trying to find other jobs for the pool staff, including camp counselors and cleanup crew.
He said it was important to offer Wake Forest families swim lessons.
“It’s a life-saving skill,” Wall said.
For more information about swim lessons at the Kerr Family YMCA, go to www.ymcatriangle.org/kerr-family-ymca.
Evan Owens: 919-836-5755; @eowens12