Spalding pool closed, future unknown

Spalding pool closed, future unknown

The Champaign Park District has decided to close the city's oldest public pool.

The park board voted to close Spalding Pool at a meeting Wednesday night.  The pool, at 910 N. Harris Ave., across from Franklin Middle School, has been plagued by leaks and other structural problems for several years.

Champaign Park District Executive Director Bobbie Herokavich said the board realized that the pool had reached the end of its useable life.

Herokavich said all activities that would have taken place at Spalding Pool will be moved to Centennial Pool at Sholem Aquatic Center this summer.

She said the park district doesn't have any specific plans at this point on how to replace the pool.  But, she said the district has been surveying Champaign residents to find out what they want in future parks and recreation facilities.

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wilsona wrote on January 12, 2012 at 9:01 pm

This really makes me sad.  I grew up near that pool and walked there most summer days with my family and friends.  There wasn't much else to do for us as kids.  Now that park is just going to get worse and the kids in the area that don't have a way to get to Sholem are juat going to be hanging out getting into trouble. I hope someone decides the area is worth putting a little money into.