BROOKLYN, Ohio – Residents looking to cool off on a hot summer’s day can take a dip in the newly opened outdoor pool at the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.
“The outdoor pool is open and we had a decent crowd,” said Recreation Commissioner Jack Abbruzzese. “We’re not currently open to non-resident walk-ins.”
The outdoor pool is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., now until September 10th.
“We also opened our new outdoor pool playground as an added feature for the families using the outdoor pool,” said Abbruzzese. “So we had some steady crowds coming in. They were increasing day by day.”
As for pool repairs, which Abruzzese says has been on the city’s radar since a 2016 needs assessment, the $ 90,000 spend on a new boiler and sand filter was put on the 2021 capital project list.
The $ 48,000 playground and artificial turf replaced decaying trees in the southwest corner of the outdoor pool.
“My husband and I often take our children to the swimming pool in the summer,” said Mayor Katie Gallagher. “This year my children were very excited about the outdoor play function that was installed last year.”
The safety protocol at the outdoor pool reflects what applies in all buildings in the City of Brooklyn and prompts unvaccinated guests to wear masks.
“It’s unfortunate that we had to close so many municipal facilities last year due to COVID-19, but even more disappointing was that we couldn’t open the outdoor pool on time because COVID delayed equipment for one of our repairs,” said Gallagher.
“Now we are facing a labor shortage for lifeguards. Despite all these setbacks, I know that the guests who use our facility are over the moon to be back and enjoying the outdoor pool. “
The outdoor pool isn’t the only work planned for this summer at the John M. Coyne Recreation Center, where Brooklyn is spending $ 700,000 next month to replace the property’s roof.
“This is called a retrofit, which is basically a new roof,” said Abbruzzese. “There will be no shutdown of the (ice) rink for this project. Everything is done on the roof and has no influence on indoor operation. “
The mayor said the construction of Brooklyn’s new town hall / police station in the southwest corner of the recreation center is also on the horizon.
“In just a few weeks we will start building new sidewalks, entrances and parking lots for our recreation center,” said Gallagher. “This new build will cause some entry / curfew which we will tentatively post this week.
“As we plan these improvements, the administration is keen to keep our facilities open and functional as much as possible because they are important to our community.”
Abbruzzese added, “It will be busy.”
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