BUCKSPORT — The municipal pool will not open this year because of safety issues due to aging pipes, including a high-volume leak, according to town officials.
The pool was supposed to open Monday but will not open at all this summer, according to Economic Development Director Rich Rotella.
The Town Council is supposed to discuss the pool at its meeting today, June 27.
The Down East Family YMCA operates Bucksport’s recreation department.
Bucksport Y Operations Director Nick Tymoczko said the pool was losing 100,000 gallons of water a day. The pipes are “circa 1950s,” he said. Among related issues, sediment had been getting into the pool and pieces of rebar have popped out of the concrete due to frost cycles, he said.
The pool was a big part of the Y’s summer camp program, the director said.
Tymoczko spent Tuesday afternoon looking for alternatives to the municipal pool and has found one in Craig’s Pond in Orland — about a 10-minute drive from Bucksport.
“We’re going to be able to post several lifeguards there,” Tymoczko said. There will be community swim Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the pond. Swimming lessons will also be held.
“It hurts our heart to turn people away from the pool,” Tymoczko said. “It’s not a good feeling.”
The Tim Emery Municipal Pool was built in the late 1950s thanks to a donation from the then operator of the former mill, St. Regis.