Garfield pool has an expensive backstroke 

It’s taken five months for the Recreation and Park Department start fixing the cracks in the seal of Garfield Pool, but it could happen soon-ish.

The pool was supposed to reopen in December after its yearly draining and basic maintenance, but since Rec and Park found that the plaster was flaking away from the shell when it closed in October and it would cost $75,000 to fix it.

Rec and Park officials also decided they needed to fix the lights, the drain and the ceiling paint, racking up the bill to $120,000.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students and other people who used the pool were out of water.

Supervisor David Avalos got so many complaints from the community about its mysterious closure that he wrote a letter to Rec and Park questioning the timeline.

Then on Thursday commissioners agreed to use money from its contingency fund to get the wheels in motion.

And while Rec and Park officials said in the past that after the money is secure it should only take a couple weeks to fix it, it’s not estimated to open again until April 2010. 

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