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Pool upgrades and outlooks as season closes down

August 15, 2019 02:52 PM

Thursday, 2 p.m. That's the deadline to submit proposals by engineering groups to replace the Lincoln Park Pool in Albany. It's been leaking about half a million gallons of water a day.

Built in 1930, the swimming pool and bath house are currently listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and were recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2018. In 2017, the city of Albany commissioned an evaluation of the pool to find deficiencies and prioritize improvements. Weston & Sampson concluded the pool needs to be entirely replaced; future repairs are not feasible, the city says. Lincoln Park Pool needs a new pool, filtration and chlorination system.

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Over in Troy, there is still no public pool. Expected to open July 1, the work continues to mount at the 60-year old pool in South Troy. The North Troy pool is a complete loss. City Hall says the gutter system installation is complete and the first phase of a new liner is underway. That liner could last 20 years. But the only alternative for kids remain splash pads, the Boys & Girls Club in the evening or Grafton Park and Labor Day is just over two weeks away.

In the Town of Colonie, its two-year old splash pad will remain open until Labor Day. Normally, the water complex in North Colonie would close the week before Labor Day because of staffing – a lot of lifeguards return to college – but they will keep the pad and small pool open through Labor Day, September 2 (noon-7 p.m.). Colonie's regular pool closes for the season on Sunday, August 25.

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