SPRINGFIELD – “What hurts is not being able to serve our neighbors. It’s an important part of Westport Park. It’s a facet of the park that we want to get open as soon as we can.”
Assistant director of park operations Miles Park wishes he could have had his pool open as the summer season begins next week. But due to an underground water leak, that can’t happen.
“As we were filling the pool to get it ready for the season it was taking longer than normal to fill,” Park said. “We watched the water level and we could tell we were losing a substantial amount of water.”
Westport Pool can hold up to 200 thousand gallons of water. If Park could put an estimate on how much water was lost, he would say 10,000 to 20,000 gallons. However, he does know exactly how much money his team spent dealing with the damages.
“We’ve probably spent around $6,000 to $ 7,000,” Park said.
That money spent was part of the pool’s maintenance budget, which helps Springfield taxpayers. Now, they don’t have to pay more than what they are already paying to fund the pool.
Mark is hopeful the pool will find a solution soon via mud-jacking. Mud-Jacking would allow for water to fill the pool without leaking.
Kids are still pretty upset they can’t go to their favorite pool at the moment. They love everything about the pool.
“It’s bad because I like the rock wall and the diving board and the slide there.,” nearby resident Eli Fugle said.
“You can go search in parts that you really like, there’s also a slide you can go down,” Liam Paul said.
“Hope Westport Pool gets fixed soon,” Xavier Neal said.
Mark does add, however, that he is confident Westport Pool will open sometime this summer.