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Fayetteville Pool Construction is Way Behind Schedule

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FAYETTEVILLE — With warmer weather on the way, areaswimming pools will soon be opening. Most try to open for Memorial Dayweekend, but the only outdoor public pool in Fayetteville is still underconstruction, and won't be ready for a while longer.

Many are asking when the Seabrook Park pool will open. The opening hadbeen scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, but it now looks like it could beearly July before construction is done. There was a pool in the parkbefore, but once construction got underway to rebuild it, a string ofdelays have put pressure on workers. Fayetteville's General RecreationSupervisor David Jackson says they had really hoped the pool would opensooner.

When the pool is complete, it will have a play area just for children,a swimming area for adults, and bath-houses for everyone. SeabrookRecreation Supervisor Les Thorne says there will be many new people comingto the pool this year.

Fayetteville has spent $900,000 to renovate the Seabrook pool, butofficials say they were spending $20,000 each year for upkeep on the oldpool.

There's more bad news for area children. For the first month of summerbreak, the YMCA pool will also be under construction. The Y is trying toarrange for some of its summer swimming courses to be moved intoarea apartment complex pools.

Seabrook is also trying arrange a sharing deal with Fayetteville StateUniversity's pool.

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