ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Fall is here and Allentown's Cedar Beach Pool is opening.
"The pool is done," said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
But the timing of the pool being filled with water has many scratching their heads.
69 News asked Mayor Pawlowski, why now?
"People may ask well it is the end of September why are you putting water in? And that's because the newer pools actually you keep the water in all year long. You put a cover on top of the pool. You never actually drain the pool so the water stays there all winter," he said.
Pawlowski said it's better to get things done sooner rather than later.
"It will save us a lot of time next year, all we do is take the cover off, we balance out with some chemicals and it's ready to go," he said.
The pool has been swirling in controversy the past couple of years.
Allentown City Council has claimed projects in the city like the pool being finished have taken too long, but the mayor says there is an explanation.
He said the pool had many structural issues that needed to be fixed and sinkholes showed up in the pool house.
"Because it was 68 years old we originally had plans that showed one pool wall that was there. There were actually four pool walls. Over the years all they did was keep building pool on top of pool on top of pool," he said.
Pawlowski claims the work that needed done is no surprise to those who blame him for the delay.
"The people who are criticizing, especially those in City Council, know this because they've been updated in public meetings for the last basically two years," he said.
On a brighter note, he's hoping the sun will continue to shine and people in Allentown can get a sneak peak at the city's new pool that has tons of new features, including new slides.
The new pool costs a little more than $3 million, which is about $1 million over the projected price.
The mayor said the pool will be open to the public in a couple of weeks.
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