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Eased Water Rules Allow Wake Forest to Open Pool

Posted April 8, 2008

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— The decision by Raleigh officials to relax water restrictions will allow Wake Forest to open the town's only public pool this summer.

Town officials had been concerned that they might have to keep Holding Park Pool empty and closed during the summer season because of water rules that prevented the use of municipal drinking water to fill pools and fountains.

Built in the 1940s, the 50-meter pool holds 245,000 gallons, and Wake Forest commissioners said they couldn't see filling it – and adding about 6,000 gallons a day to it to keep it full – when the region continues to see extreme drought conditions.

Recent rains have replenished Falls Lake, and Raleigh officials on Monday lifted tight water restrictions on residents and businesses in Raleigh and six area towns on the municipal water system, including Wake Forest.

Holding Park Pool will open for weekends on May 24 and weekdays on June 11, officials said. The pool will remain open until Aug. 24, they said. For information about programs offered at the pool, call the Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department at 919-554-6180.


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  • Leonardo Apr 8, 2008

    To those who think this is a waste of water....

    Since Falls Lake is now full, the Army Corps has resumed releasing extra water into the Neuse River. It had been limited to 29 cubic feet per second, but now it's around 500 CFS. So a whole bunch of extra water is now being released from Falls Lake anyway. Either it goes into this pool, or it ends up in the Atlantic Ocean...your choice.

  • common_sense_plz Apr 8, 2008

    maybe town officials need to learn from this, and not drain the pool every year and just leave it running all year, they should also look into maybe enclosing it and make it a year round pool to pay for keeping it open.