Congress Park Pool will open this summer after all

After input from the community, mayor’s office authorizes district funds

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Pool season is on the horizon, but one of Denver’s oldest pools almost didn’t make the cut this year.

Congress Park Pool has long been one of Denver’s most expensive pools to maintain, according to the Parks and Recreation website. Earlier this year the department initially said it would not open the pool this summer because of leaks and damages. The pool was first built in 1955.

In February, Congress Park community members asked Councilmember Wayne New to help keep the pool open, said Tom Conis, president of the Congress Park Neighbors, the Registered Neighborhood Organization for the area.

“It’s a good example of grass roots — the community wanted it and presented it to Councilman New,” Conis said.

New wrote on the District 10 Facebook page that he contacted Parks and Recreation about the repairs. The department estimated it would cost $20,000 to fix leaks. New offered to use district funds to cover the cost, which was approved by the Mayor’s Office later in February.

The pool is set for an upgrade as well. In 2017, when Denver residents voted to approve $937 million in General Obligation Bond projects, construction on Congress Park Pool was included. A total of $8.3 million was allocated toward construction of the pool.

Since the pool will be open this summer, construction on the new facility will begin in 2020 with an estimated opening in 2021, according to the Parks and Recreation website. For more information, visit https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-parks-and-recreation/recreation-centers-pools/swimming-pools.html

Conis said he was happy to see the park reopen, adding “It’s a great service for the kids in the neighborhood. There are a lot of adults, too.”

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