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Watertown officials hope to open Alteri pool later this month

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WATERTOWN — Kids could be frolicking in the city’s Alteri Pool at the fairgrounds on the last day of school.

City engineer Michael Delaney hopes to have repairs completed on the Steve D. Alteri Municipal Swimming Pool at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on June 23, the last day of classes for the Watertown City School District.

“Work is still on schedule,” he said.

The City Council set a goal to reopen the pool in time for the summer. The pool at Thompson Park opened on Memorial Day weekend and remains open only on weekends, weather permitting.

On June 28, the two pools will open for the season on a daily basis, with hours from noon to 7 p.m.

To get the Alteri pool ready, the City Council in December approved a $112,830.76 contract with Sundance Leisure, Watertown, to complete a series of repairs.

The repairs include washing and degreasing the pool’s shell surface, installing a pump motor and piping and replacing a new chemical controller.

The project had “some minor setbacks, but we adjusted,” said Meredith A. Griffin, the city’s lead engineer on the project.

While that pool should be ready for a June 23 opening, the city should soon find out the fate of the William J. Flynn Municipal Swimming Pool at North Elementary School.

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Alteri pool expected to be ready to open next summer; Flynn pool remains in doubt

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WATERTOWN — Repairs to the Steve D. Alteri Municipal Swimming Pool at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds will be completed in time for next summer’s city pool program, City Manager Kenneth A. Mix said.

On Monday night, Mr. Mix assured council members that the Alteri pool will be open next summer.

The city will be ordering some parts and going out to bid on some equipment this week that’s needed to make the repairs.

They include a chemcontrol, new lifeguard chairs and taking a filter and some other equipment that will removed from the William J. Flynn Municipal Swimming Pool and repurpose it for the Alteri pool, city officials said Monday night.

While the Alteri pool will be fixed, the fate of the Flynn pool looks very much in doubt. It needs at least $735,000 in repairs, according to City Engineer Michael Delaney.

At this point, it appears the next City Council will decide its fate, although council members Sarah V. Compo-Pierce and Ryan Henry-Wilkinson were offering suggestions on Monday night for other parks and recreation projects that could replace the pool on the city’s north side.

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