Gainesville’s Dwight H. Hunter Pool Is Leaking Again And Will Close For Repairs

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Dwight H. Hunter Pool, also known as the Northeast Pool, is closing for six weeks for repairs.

Gainesville Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs staff will inspect the city’s most popular pool to determine what other work needs to be completed.

Westside Recreation Center Supervisor Jeff Moffitt said they’ve tried to fix the lining without doing major renovations, but they’ve been unsuccessful.

“The patches and the welds aren’t holding,” Moffitt said.

Five high schools and two club swim teams use the pool, as well as many other aquatic groups, churches, schools, and camps.

Lenard Cohen uses the pool every day for health reasons. He has a spinal disc disease in his neck and the pool helps soothe the pain.

“This is the only relief I have,” Cohen said.

The pool has required repeated repairs since a $500,000 renovation in 2008.

The city says it is ready to cover the costs out of its budget, according to Moffitt.

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