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Mechanical Problems Delay Opening of Wading Pools in Mpls.

Updated: 06/09/2014 10:26 PM
Created: 06/09/2014 4:55 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson

More than a dozen Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board wading pools are still closed, and will remain that way until repairs and maintenance are done.

In the summer, Bethany Hummel loves to bring her three kids to local parks. Swimming is mandatory.

"Any day that it's really hot. We don't have central air so we go to the park and we go swimming," she said.

Right now Van Cleve's wading pool sits empty. So Hummel says her family has to make the trek over to Logan Park.   

"I'm not exactly sure how far it is from here," she said. From Van Cleve Park to Logan Park it is exactly 1.9 miles.

The Minneapolis Park Board operates 63 pools. Seventeen of those pools are out of commission right now. Four were painted and 13, including Van Cleve, have mechanical problems. Kenny Park, Powderhorn Park and Folwell Park need some work.

"We had a really difficult winter this year and so we are finding leaks in pipes in a variety of places," said Justin Long of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

So crews do what they can to keep afloat amidst a long to-do list. 

"We're trying to patch, upgrade, paint to consistently keep these guys up and going," Hummel adds she hopes her favorite neighborhood spot opens soon.

"It's frustrating to come and see that the pool is closed," she said.

Typically the park and recreation would see five or six pipe breaks. But in the last couple of years that has risen to 10 to 15. The mechanical problems have a lot to do with the age of the infrastructure.

Armatage Park’s wading pool will open Tuesday. The four pools that were painted will open June 13.


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