City closing six of nine all-year pools for winterby Carli Brosseau on Nov. 05, 2008, under Local
Citizen Staff Writer
The Tucson Parks & Recreation Department will close six of its nine year-round pools for the winter, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The city, which had a budget shortfall of more than $50 million in October, will save an estimated $374,000 with the closures, spokesman Richard Symchak said.
Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center at Reid Park, 3455 E. Zoo Court; Catalina High School Pool, 2004 N. Dodge Blvd.; and Sunnyside High School Pool, 1725 E. Bilby Road, will remain open through the winter.
Archer, Clements, El Pueblo, Fort Lowell, Quincie Douglas and Udall pools will close Nov. 16 and re-open April 1, Symchak said. The rest of the city’s 27 pools will open for the summer May 27.
Symchak said the decision on which pools to close was based on geographical distribution, use, cost and city contracts.
The Edith Ball pool is heated with solar energy. The Catalina and Sunnyside pools are operated by the city under agreements with school districts, Symchak said.
For more information, call 791-4245 or 791-5352.