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Swimmer, City Leaders To Discuss Grimsley Pool Future

5:51 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The pool at Grimsley High School has been a part of the community for almost 40 years. And even though it's been too damaged to use for months, some people don't want to see it go.

The City of Greensboro maintains it through a partnership with the Guilford County school system, but the city could be close to tearing it down. The pool and the building that houses it are in such bad shape they've been closed since last December.

A city spokesman says it'll cost about $4-5 million for full rehabilitation -- and he adds the city just doesn't have the money to make that happen. So Parks and Recreation leaders had considered recommending during the city council meeting Tuesday that council members approve spending almost $400,000 to demolish the pool and turn it in to green space.

But when Ted Szostak and a few other local swimmers spoke up in hopes of saving the pool, city leaders decided to hear them out.

Szostak believes there is a shortage of pool space in town. He says the Greensboro Aquatic Center is a great facility, but he claims it -- and the other city pools -- just can't accommodate all the teams and people who need them.

So he suggests the city rehab the Grimsley pool in phases -- and gets the school system to pitch in to pay the tab. Szostak has a meeting with city leaders Tuesday to talk it all over. Whatever the city decides -- to demolish or to fix the Grimsley pool -- the money would likely come from taxpayers.

WFMY News 2

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