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After 2 years of work, Cedar Beach Pool reopens in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The rare October heat had people in Allentown thankful that at least one pool in the city was open.

Allentown residents have been waiting a long time for Cedar Beach Pool to reopen.

The pool reopening was something Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has also been waiting for. He and long-time Allentown resident Max Sliffer were the first to make a splash in the pool.

"Remember the pool that was here was here for 67 years. It was a really really old pool," Pawlowski said.

Construction on the pool began more than two years ago. Since then, there have been many problems and controversies that led to delays and an increase in the total cost of the project by about $1 million.

"The total pool cost a little over $3 million. But it is a totally renovated pool," Mayor Pawlowski told 69 News.

Greer Dalpe grew up a couple of blocks away from the pool as a kid. She said she has great memories here and hopes to make new ones with her children.

"We drove past it this morning and I had told them as we were driving by that we were going to come and check it out today after we've been watching it for a couple years being built so it's very exciting," she said.

Cedar Beach Pool will be open Sunday from noon to 7. It's free to get in but you must be a resident of Allentown.

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