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As another pool closes, Baltimore City Rec & Parks works to fix busy pools

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 09:07:18-04

BALTIMORE — With blistering temperatures, kids would say a summer cool down at Baltimore City pools is a must.

While those at Druid Hill Park Pool splash away, about a on the other side of the city, swimmers are getting turned away.

"Again," Theresa Saunders asked. "They were closed yesterday."

She and her granddaughters had hopes Patterson Park Pool would be open, but because of a missing drain cover, it was a no-go.

"It's been hot, and they want to go swimming. It's the second time we were over here, now and they're closed," Saunders said.

City Springs Pool a few minutes down the road was closed as well.

An electrical motor blew, shutting that pool down. Nikki Cobbs, with Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, says after checking with the Code of Maryland Regulations, the department is on it.

"According to COMAR, you cannot operate a pool with the drains not covered. So we had to drain the pools in order to fix the drain," Cobbs said.

While the department re-drains and refills Patterson Park Pool, there are workarounds in the area to go for a swim.

"If you're in the Patterson Park area, we've extended the hours at Ambrose Kennedy walk-to pool. You also have Lake Clifton near there, and we have in O'Donnell Heights where we extended the hours to accommodate the patrons of that district," Cobb said.

There is one final hope, perhaps, for Theresa as she and her family look to cool off.

"We'll just have to fill the trash cans up with water," Saunders laughed.

To keep up with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks pool hours and times of operation, click here.