Pool Demolition Proposal Moves Forward

The city of Lexington is losing two of its under-utilized swimming pools, but could possibly replace them with other facilities. The Urban County Council’s General Government Committee voted today (Tuesday) to approve an aquatics management plan, which calls for demolishing the Berry Hill and Constitution Park pools.

Councilman George Myers, whose district includes Berry Hill, is urging the mayor’s office to find money in the budget to reprogram the parks.

“If you close this pool, you’ve gotta do something with it. You can’t just leave this eyesore there, this graffiti-magnet, vandalism magnet, all that kind of stuff. Not to mention the fact that it will effectively shut down this park.”

Myers wants to see a new skatepark at Berry Hill and a baseball/softball field at Constitution Park. He says a private citizens group could fundraise up to half the cost of the projects, estimated at 300 thousand dollars. Removing the pools will cost around 121 thousand dollars. The demolition proposal now moves to the full council for consideration.