Louisville’s budget concerns haven’t kept all of the city pools closed this summer.
The Sun Valley pool at the Sun Valley Community Center officially reopened on Monday, as Louisville Metro Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14) allocated $40,000 of discretionary funds and landed donations from companies around the city to help make the pool operable once again.
“It was just something I had to do,” Fowler said. “It was so important that our pool be open for this end of the county. There were very few swim opportunities that were provided with the donated money for this end of the town.”
The Sun Valley pool is one of four city-owned pools that Mayor Greg Fischer previously announced would be closed this summer. Fowler went to work to find a way to open the pool this summer as soon as she found out about the city’s intention to shut it down for the year, she said.
After announcing the closure of the pools, Fischer later announced that the city was partnering with local YMCA locations and donors from Louisville to put together 10 swimming events in total for the summer.
The city also has spraygrounds open throughout the city.
“You can’t learn how to swim in a spray park,” Fowler said. “Spray parks are great but they’re — you know usually 8 or 10 years old is the top age,” for kids to really enjoy themselves.
Fowler started working about four months ago, according to her office. The effort was done with the assistance of donations, as some of the equipment for the pool was gifted to the city.
The pool opening was kicked off with a pool party at noon on Monday. Guests received free food and drinks, some of which was donated, and got their shot at pool-related prizes in a raffle. And Fowler even kicked off the opening by jumping into the pool herself.
Fowler kicks off the pool opening by jumping in herself.
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Getting the pool open this year was a big deal, Fowler said because she was worried that if it stayed shut down for a whole year it would never open back up.
“My concern was if we didn’t invest this year, that next year we would have a real problem getting it open,” she said. “Things deteriorate in a year’s time just sitting there in a dry pool.”
She hopes that getting it opened this year will give them a better chance at keeping it open and in good shape in the future.
The Sun Valley pool is located at 6505 Bethany Lane in Valley Station. The pool will be open six days a week, closed only on Sunday, according to Metro Parks and Recreation staff. Admission to the pool is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Check out photos from the grand opening below.