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Community pool officially reopens

March 6, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

After being closed for almost a year, the new North Fort Myers Community Pool was officially re-opened Wednesday in a ceremony at the pool.

There was a "soft opening" on Feb. 19 and swim programs were about to get started as the ribbon ceremony commenced, with as many people in the pool as there were on the deck, looking at the podium.

"The pool is warm and it's fantastic to see people enjoying it already. It was built under budget and in record time," Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman said. "We know it was hard for the community to go for the last year without a pool. And this is another investment the county is making in North Fort Myers."

State Rep. Spencer Roach, who lives almost within walking distance of the pool and used it frequently, was excited to see the facility reopen.

"As a member of this community and who is laser focused on economic development, this is going to help and I'm happy to support it," Roach said.

The old pool, which had served the area for nearly 60 years, closed last March for maintenance and repairs. When it was discovered the pipes underneath the pool were leaking severely, the county decided it was time to put a new pool in the same hole.

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Construction began on Aug. 22, with all activities such as aerobics and swim lessons moving to the North Fort Myers High School pool down the street.

The $1.7 million pool will no longer have the 11-foot diving wells. However, it will have two extra swim lanes, making it usable for official swim meets, as this pool will meet the requirements to hold them there. With lights, the pool can be used for night events, if needed.

The bath house and bathroom building were also refurbished, with a new roof and stucco siding, floors and fixtures. The pool is now more ADA compliant and has improved parking, with the front entrance off of April Lane and not Orange Grove Boulevard as it was before. That area will be for staff parking and for the chemical trucks.

Jessie Lavender, director of Lee County Parks & Recreation, said he was amazed how the pool came in under budget and earlier than expected.

"People are enjoying it and that's what we're here for. The fact we have lights - we don't have them anywhere else - allows us to hold meets at night," Lavender said. "The old pool required more preventative maintenance and we dug up the pool and found the cracking and the need for a new pool."



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