The Doyle Street Pool in Toccoa could open as soon as the end of this week if all goes well.
Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA CEO Robin Dake said that work is ongoing to try and get the pool open as quickly as possible.
“We are in the final stages of getting the chemicals properly balanced,” said Dake. “Once we get that done and get Health Department approval, we will open the pool and we hope to start swimming lessons after the Fourth of July week and we go forward from there.”
Toccoa pays the YMCA to operate the pool for the city.
The YMCA first expected to open the pool around Memorial Day.
However, the pool did not open at that time due to problems with the pump and with leaks in the pool.
Earlier this month, City Commissioner Gail Fry announced that Patterson Pump had fixed the pump issues and that the city had assisted with other needed repairs and it was again hoped that the pool would open in a matter of days.
However, Dake said other issues arose.
“The repairs that were made with generous support by Patterson Pump and the city of Toccoa were just addressing the major repairs,” said Dake. “We continue to struggle with some leak issues and some balancing of the chemical issues. It has sort of been one issue after another and we are finally getting to the place we want to be.”
Dake said the YMCA apologizes for the delay in opening the pool.
“We are extremely frustrated that it has taken this long and we know the public is frustrated as well and we apologize for that,” said Dake. “We really think that we will get this pool up and running and be able to offer the great programs that the YMCA offers.”
The city also agreed to purchase new chairs and other items for around the pool, as well as adding fresh paint to a number of areas.
Dake said the YMCA appreciates all of the support the city has provided.
“The city commission has been a wonderful partner in moving forward this year,” said Dake. “We are very excited about the cosmetic changes that have been made to the pool area. It is just a better place for all of our community.”
Dake said the YMCA will notify the public as soon as the pool’s opening date is known.