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Pool problem has city scrambling to help beat the heat

Pool problem has city scrambling to help beat the heat

READING, Pa. - The Reading Recreation Commission is scrambling to help folks stay cool this week.

The opening of the Schlegel Park Pool has been delayed by nearly a month.

One of the families looking to cool off on the hot June afternoon was the Amyx family. But, when they saw the empty parking lot, they had a sinking feeling.

"I was a little concerned that this must not have been open or something happened," said Shelly Amyx of Reading.

They saw that the only public pool in Reading is closed due to maintenance issues.

"The harsh winter really took its toll on the pool," said Matt Lubas, Reading supervisor.

The Recreation Commission has been working for three weeks to repair tile damage and some cracking at the bottom of the pool.

Officials are hoping to get it open by next week.

But for the meantime, they came up with an alternative.

"People are hot in the summer. The last thing we want them to do is go to an unsupervised area, go to the river, places like that that are very unsafe," said Lubas.

The Reading High School indoor pool, located on the north side near the gymnasium, will be open for the remainder of this week.

"It may not be ideal when it is 90 degrees but, it is wet, it is water and people can get in there and have some fun," said Lubas.

But for the Amyx family, they are just looking forward to Schlegel Park Pool reopening.

"It is good that they are fixing the pool to make it better. But in a sense, it is bad because it is warm weather now and everyone wants to go swimming," said Amyx.

Officials are hoping to have the pool reopened by next Tuesday, June 24th.

For the time being, you can visit the Reading High School indoor pool at a discounted rate.


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