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Greenburgh Will Repair Pool but Delay Renovation

ARDSLEY, N.Y. - The main swimming pool at Anthony F. Veteran Park, built back in the 1960s, is showing signs of age.

Its fiberglass liner is cracked and a section of it had to be closed for the rest of the summer. But water lovers don’t need to worry about losing a place to relax and escape from the heat - the town has already planned a repair, even if it’s not the complete overhaul the pool needs.

“I don’t like the word ‘band-aid approach’ because this is more than band-aid,” said Gerard Byrne, Greenburgh’s parks and recreation commissioner.

The compromise solution, estimated at $140,000, consists of cutting out the entire fiberglass liner four inches from the top, repairing the concrete shell and installing a PVC liner, Byrne said.

“I was told that the life expectancy of those liners, if maintained properly, can be 20 to 25 years,” he said. “This will be a cost effective way to address this issue right now and give us some more time before we completely renovate the pool complex.”

If a new complex is still a distant reality, Byrne at least has an idea of what it will look like. From a corner of his office he produced the sketches of proposed layouts for both Anthony F. Veteran and Massaro parks’ pools, the outcome of the “Swimming Pool Modernization” study conducted last year. The document can be downloaded from the town’s website .

The project would cost $5.5 million, spent until 2026, Byrne said.

“In this economy right now, it’s really something we don’t want to take up,” he said.

But Byrne guaranteed that the planned repair will allow Greenburgh residents to enjoy the pool just as before.

“You will still have a wonderful, iconic pool experience,” he said.

Indeed, a few users said that they didn’t notice the closed section, but were quick to point to the pool’s pleasures: the nice layout, the shade spots, the free parking.

“I love it. My kids love it,” said Nate Hook, of Greenburgh, after he arrived at the pool last Thursday accompanied by his wife, his daughter Brianne, 6, and his son Jay, 4.

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