FORTY FORT, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s shaping up to be a long, hot summer for people who swim at a local community pool. Even though it opened last weekend, it’s now closed indefinitely. Officials are now scrambling to figure out what to do about it.
“I like to swim in pools.” said 5-year-old Lucy Bawiec of Forty Fort. She planned to practice swimming this summer at Forty Fort Community Pool. “When I grow up a little bit I’ll go under water.” Her mom planned to buy a pool swimming pass. “This park is quite busy with all the kids so that would be nice to have. We were looking forward to coming here,” said Bonnie Bawiec.
But the borough pool is padlocked. Forty Fort Councilwoman Amy Craig said, “This is my first summer on council and I had to vote to close the pool. So, it is… it’s hard for me.”
Ms. Craig took over the Forty Fort council seat left vacant by her mother-in-law’s death last year and hoped to fulfill Dottie Craig’s dream of keeping the 80-year-old pool going. But last Saturday, the day the 3-foot to 7-foot deep pool opened for the season, a problem became apparent. “Water was going down drastically in the pool very quickly, like within like throughout a day,” she said.
DPW crews looked to see if they could isolate the leak but so far they’re stumped. Pool renovations in the fall were planned but replacing it altogether appears to be out of the question. “At this point we need quite a bit of money and of course since we don’t know exactly what we need to fix the pool we have to, you know, decide how we’re going to go about doing that,” said Ms. Craig.
An ongoing, online fundraising effort will continue and the pool concession stand will remain open with the hope the pool may do the same some day. Forty Fort resident Donnie Evans said, “It’s not going to be the same and we’re going to try to, you know, do what we can.”
Forty Fort Community Park will still host family movie nights this summer. Click here to check out scheduled activities at the park.