2 Austin pools won’t open this summer, more at risk

Several city pools are set to open in the coming month, but a couple will not open at all this summer. The Parks and Recreation Department determined 25 of the city’s 36 pools are in need of repairs, mostly for water leaks.

Metz Pool, on Austin’s east side, and Mabel Davis Pool, on the south side, will remain closed for the summer. PARD officials say the repair work needed at those pools is so extensive they are keeping them closed to cut costs.

“Our average age of our pools is 50 years old,” said Cheryl Bolin, the aquatics division manager. “With that comes a lot of maintenance. They develop leaks, and so that increases our fees for water, electricity, chemicals, and day to day repairs.”

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