The town is asking residents to share their thoughts on the future of Holding Park Pool, which has been closed all summer because of major structural issues.
An online survey, which is open until Sept. 16, asks residents if they use the pool and if they would support a bond referendum to build an indoor aquatics facility.
Workers found extensive damage to Holding Park Pool, which is the only public pool in Wake Forest.
After getting repair estimates that range from $300,000 to $1 million, the town’s Board of Commissioners is asking if it’s worth it to fix the pool at all.
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“We’ve come to the point where we need some major work to be done to it and we need to decide on whether to keep it or not,” said Mayor Vivian Jones.
“We need to decide pretty soon,” she continued. “Because if we want to keep the pool, we need to start working so we can have it opened next year.”
The town has enough money to repair the pool, which draws about 20,000 visitors each year and generates about $80,000 in revenue. But there have been discussions about whether it would be a better use of taxpayer money to build a new indoor pool, or to not have a town pool at all.
Holding Park Pool, located on Owen Avenue, was built in the 1940s as a Works Progress Administration project. The pool underwent an $800,000 renovation in 2014.
This year, town leaders initially thought the pool needed a new plaster coating. But workers discovered structural damage.
It could cost about $300,000 for workers to build new walls over the existing walls, said Edward Austin, athletics superintendent for the town’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. New walls and floors could cost up to $650,000.
If workers completely rebuild the pool and replace pipes that were installed in the 1970s, the project could cost up to $1 million, Austin said.
Christine Murphy, who lives in the Sedgefield Park subdivision, said she hopes the town makes the necessary repairs. Every year, she said, her family has bought a season pass.
This year, Murphy has been driving nearly a half-hour to Falls Lake for swimming. She said it’s cheaper than joining a private pool.
“The pool is close enough now that my daughter can ride her bike down with her friends,” Murphy said. “It was a big deal not to have it this year.”
Chris Cioffi: 919-829-4802, @ReporterCioffi
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