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YMCA to break ground today on downtown pool project

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WATERTOWN — The Watertown Family YMCA will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. today for its $27.5 million downtown community and aquatics center.

The new center will feature a natatorium with a six-lane lap pool and adjacent recreational pool, multi-sport courts, indoor track, wellness center, classrooms and child watch facilities.

The project is expected to be completed in November 2023.

Also today, YMCA officials will host a groundbreaking and storytelling reception at the Savory Downtown restaurant from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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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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