NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Family YMCA pool reopened today at 6 a.m. with the Morning Master Swim group after being closed for more than a month for repairs.
The pool closed June 29 to replace the filtration system and the chlorinators after three pool specialists agreed that the mechanical systems needed to be replaced.
Eric Nelson, executive director of the Newberry YMCA, said they felt like it was in the best interest of the community and the facility to get the repairs taken care of.
“We felt it was in the best interest of the community, our swimmers and our Y members, that because of some issues with our mechanical system, that we shut down and get those repairs done,” said Nelson. “There were no safety issues, but it was mechanical issues that we felt, let’s shut the pool down and get it fixed before there could be any safety issues. It was more of a get it fixed before there is a problem.”
The YMCA made the replacement thanks to a gift from the McDonald Family.
For the time the pool was closed, the Newberry YMCA worked with Newberry College and the Clinton YMCA to help ensure their programs were not put on hold.
“We really did not miss a beat. Fortunately, the college came to our rescue. So from that very beginning, after we closed the pool, the college opened up its doors and its pool for us to continue operating just like we operated here,” Nelson said.
“Everything for the last three weeks took place on the Newberry College campus. Every single program had the opportunity to be at the college on our same schedule — the summer camp kids, swim lessons, morning master swim, water aerobics,” he added.
Dexter Odom, director of operations at Newberry College, said the college thinks very highly of the YMCA and were willing to help.
“They had a problem with the pool and we worked it out real quick. We wanted to help them,” he said.
The Clinton YMCA also came to the Newberry YMCA’s aid when it came to the YMCA’s swim team, the Eels.
“Clinton YMCA opened up its doors because we were getting so close to the state championship. They provided the opportunity for us to come to Clinton two mornings a week, and Khristia (the Eel’s coach) would actually drive the children over there in the mini-bus,” Nelson said. “They needed to be on the block and things like that.”
Nelson said the timing for the pool re-opening works out nicely because the high school season starts today with local high schools using the YMCA pool for practice and competitions.
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