Northeast Pool Liner Repair Behind Schedule in Gainesville

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Gainesville is trying to find the root cause of a failed pool liner at Dwight H. Hunter Northeast Pool before the city starts repairs.

The city’s public pool has been closed since Jan. 9 due to a tear in the liner. The city expected the pool to be closed for approximately six weeks while it was repaired.

“We’re looking at every possible angle because it doesn’t make sense just to come in and slap a new liner in, which we could do. We could very quickly come and slap a new liner in and then find out, a year from now, two years from now, the same thing’s happening,” said city recreation supervisor Jeff Moffitt.

After many tests, the cause of the torn liner is still unknown, so the Northeast Pool’s opening date is being pushed back.

“We haven’t started the project yet. We do know we want to replace that liner and we want to make sure that when we put it in, we’ve looked at every possible option to make sure we’re not setting ourselves up for failure again,” Moffitt said.

Gainesville is now anticipating the pool will be closed through March and is aiming to get it back open in April.

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