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Hatboro YMCA Considers Closing Outdoor Pool

The Hatboro Area YMCA is working to finalize plans involving the closure of its outdoor pool.

Hatboro YMCA Considers Closing Outdoor Pool

Members and visitors of the Hatboro Area YMCA may have more space to park their cars with the impending closure of the Y's outdoor pool.

YMCA Spokeswoman Omoiye Kinney said the "short-term" option should the Hatboro Y shutter its outside pool, would be to expand the existing parking lot to the area now encompassed by the pool.

"All of the details have not yet been finalized," Kinney told Patch, adding that for the long-term, "we'd be able to expand the facility."

Kinney said the end result when a YMCA in the northeast closed its outdoor pool was an added 3,000 square feet.

News of the pool's closure was announced during a Hatboro Borough Council meeting last week. Initially, YMCA representatives told Patch that the "announcement" regarding the pool's future was not ready. 

This week, Kinney told Patch that efforts were being made to accommodate members who use the outdoor pool.

"We need to be able to communicate to our members," Kinney said. "We want to have a finalized plan in place. We want to be able to give them some viable options."

Hatboro officials met last week with YMCA representatives to determine if having the Hatboro Y manage the Hatboro Memorial Pool would be a possibility.

Hatboro Borough Councilman Mark Sheedy said the YMCA's costs to do that "were a little skewed, a little high for us."

"Right now as it stands we are not going to use the Y to manage the pool," Sheedy said. "We felt that we could do a better job managing the pool by ourselves this year."

Sheedy said he was making an effort to accommodate the Hatboro Y's swim team, the Hurricanes. That had not yet been finalized, he said.

Kinney said the swim team would still have access to and be able to use the Hatboro branch's indoor swimming pool. 

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