Any other summer, Meador Pool would be full of people going for a swim.
This year- there is nobody laughing, nobody splashing. In fact, there is not even a drop of water in the pool.
The place has been closed since just after Memorial Day. That’s when 1,500 gallons of water per hour suddenly started to vanish. The parks department says it was leaking through 51 year old pipes. The pool was built in 1964.
Miles Park, Assistant Director of Parks, explained, “Repairs are underway here at Meador Pool. It took us about four weeks to discover the extent of the problem within the infrastructure.”
Since then- swimmers and pool employees have been elsewhere.
“We certainly did not lay anybody off from Meador Pool, ” said Jenny Filmer-Edwards, spokesperson for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. We struggling to fill our entire lifeguard roster up this year. So, in that regard it was a little bit of a blessing in disguise because we were able to absorb the Meador lifeguards at other pools and fill all the gaps.”
Meador being closed isn’t the only thing resulting in fewer people swimming in Springfield this season.
“Really what determines pool usage is the weather more than anything,’ said Filmer-Edwards. ”And, we have had a lot of rain this summer- more than usual. So, I think out attendance numbers will tell the numbers of weather- rather than Meador Pool.”
The heat and humidity is back, and the parks department knows the pool will be in high demand. Construction crews are busy attempting to get Meador back open.
“They are doing a good job,’ said Miles Park. ”It is more of an inconvenience to our neighbors here who have normally used Meador Pool. And that is why we are trying our best to expedite repairs.”
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