Popular Pool Closed In Manhattan

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

(Manhattan, KS)--Summer in Kansas is quite hot, and for students on summer vacation, hitting the pool is a great way to cool off. If the pool is open, that is.

City Park Pool in Manhattan closed abruptly after engineers determined it was unsafe to keep it open.

The pool itself had a shared wall with the filtration room. Had that deteriorating wall collapsed, it could have been a deadly combination of water, electricity and swimmers.

Curt Loupe, Parks & Rec President, said the pool was shut down to prevent catastrophic failure and to protect citizens.

The pool is almost 70 years old.

Replacing the pool could cost $6 million. There could eventually be a bond issue before voters, which is why the department is holding a "Save Our Swimming" campaign to educate people.

Kids, many of whom walk or ride bikes to the pool, will have to travel miles to the next closest pool -- or find a new way to keep cool.

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