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SUP Continues Fight For Breslin

A Louisville group’s wish to re-open the Breslin swimming pool with public and private funds faces an uncertain future.

300 thousand dollars in bonds has been set aside to build a splash park at Breslin. The Save Urban Pools Coalition wants to use 70 thousand of those dollars to repair the pool.

Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says re-opening Breslin would lead to more repairs and cost more city money down the road, whereas a splash park would require very little maintenance and remain open longer.

“It’s just disappointing that a small group of people continue to believe and work to keep this pool open,” she says. “It’s very frustrating and it’s very disappointing. I can’t believe they don’t see there are other, more pressing priorities than this.”

Re-opening Breslin would require approval from Metro Parks.The coalition has raised money to operate the pool and they say it could eventually become self-sustaining.

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Deal Struck For Breslin Pool

Louisville Metro Parks has struck a deal with residents of the Irish Hill community that could lead to the re-opening of the Breslin Pool, which was one of five public pools that remained closed this summer due to budget cuts.

If residents can raise $100,000 by April, Metro Parks will use that money to open Breslin Pool for the summer. If not, the pool will likely be replaced by a splash park, which would cost $300,000, but wouldn’t need staffing or as much maintenance.

Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s district includes the pool. She says it may not be worth the $100,000 dollars needed annually to keep it operating.

“We don’t have enough resources to be everything to everybody,” she says. “So can we spend three year’s worth of operating that pool to put in a splash and spray park?”

Louisville businessman Tom O’Shea has raised $40,000 thousand dollars to keep the pool open. Metro Parks has already agreed to spend $80,000 on new playground equipment for Breslin Park.