McCully pool reopens to the public after years of repairs

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A community pool that’s been closed for more than seven years is opening back up to the public again tomorrow.

Tomorrow, will be just a soft opening. McCully pool will be open to the public from 2:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The city says it needs to hire more lifeguards before they can extend its hours.

Kids in the neighborhood run to Waiola shave ice for some relief from the humidity.

But just a few blocks away is a pool that has been sitting empty on an off for nearly a decade.

“Definitely a way to cool off,” says Oujin Kim, a McCully resident.

The city will be reopening McCully pool to the public starting tomorrow.

Sunday, KHON and a neighborhood board member were given a sneak peak.

“Wow it looks great. It’s been a long time, it’s been a long time,” says Serena Kyi-Yim, Vice-Chair of the McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Board.

“I think its been closed more than its been open, because it opened years ago and then it closed because of leaks,” says city councilmember Ann Kobayashi.

Because this pool is elevated it’s caused a lot of headaches.

“They’ve redesigned the pool so theres not offices underneath and I guess theres more of a foundation,” Kobayashi explains.

A repair job, that’s cost more than $2.7 million.

“One of the workers said he likes it that way because it’s a lifetime job repairing the pool and that was so discouraging,” Kobayashi adds.

But to many neighborhood kids, the opportunity to swim here is priceless.

“Oh my gosh, finally a nearby pool so me and my friends can hang out there,” smiles Kim.

“It’s in an apt area where there are lots of apartments and children around there, that’s their playground because they don’t have yards,” Kobayashi says.

“This is really something we will see how long it lasts, fingers crossed, hopefully it will last the longer than the last time,” adds Kyi-Yim.

The city expects to have the pool fully staffed by this summer and celebrate it’s grand opening just in time for the summer fun program.

Several other aging city pools are being repaired.

The heater that warmed Manoa pool and its shower facilities were just fixed thanks to a donation from Princess Kawananakoa.

The city says she is also planning on donating money to help repair Palolo pool’s heating elements.

The pool in pearl city has been under repair for more than two years. It is scheduled to also be open before this summer.

City councilmember Ann Kobayashi says next up on the repair list are Moanalua, Kailua and Salt Lake pools.

Although the cost to improve these city pools is in the millions, Kobayashi says the city council has no plans to charge admission to these facilities.

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