Community Center Pool Reopens In Greenburgh After Repairs

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The pool in Greenburgh's Theodore D. Young Community Center reopened Tuesday after more than a month of being closed for repairs. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — After a month of repair work, the Theodore D. Community Center's pool reopened Tuesday to Greenburgh residents.

But repairs to the pool, which was closed for more than a month, are just the beginning of many projects the community center plans to tackle, Commissioner William Carter said. The center was "lucky" that several of the systems began to fail all at once for the 35-year-old pool, Carter said.

"We were able to do most of the necessary maintenance to get it back and running," he said.

The pool was drained to patch up leaks and service mechanical failures in the carbon dioxide system, automatic water feed and level system, and the disinfection system. But the repairs were just a Band-Aid so the pool would be available to the hundreds of patrons who use it every week, Carter added.

Because of its age, the pool is "on its last leg," he said.

"It's going to need a replacement five years down the line. Hopefully there will be a better economy then," Carter said. "Right now, we're just sticking our finger in the dike to stop the leaks so people can enjoy the pool."

The community center will soon acquire a state-funded emergency generator for $100,000 through the Community Capital Assistance Program. It is needed for when the building is used as a warming shelter as it has been for the past several winter storms, Carter said.

Meanwhile, the center's gym is sitting empty, awaiting upgrades to its roof and ventilation systems as well as a new floor, which Hurricane Irene turned into what Carter called a "skatepark" in August 2011. The gym won't be complete until the third week of May, he said.

Many of the center's programs have moved to nearby facilities, such as the White Plains YMCA, while they wait for the floor to be repaired, Deputy Commissioner James Robinson told The Daily Voice in September.

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