Good Question: Will the Genesee Valley Park pool open this summer?

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ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — Memorial Day weekend is coming up which means that it’s time to start thinking about getting back in the pool.

That brings us to this good question. Paul says:

"The outdoor pool at the Genesee Valley Aquatics Center in Genesee Valley Park has been closed for renovations since early September of 2020. By appearance, things do not look promising for the pool to be open again this summer. It would be a shame for this facility not to be in use for a second year as it [is] much loved by the lap swimmers, lesson takers, and the neighborhood children. I’m sure the community would like to know if we can look forward to this facility being opened this summer."

What’s going on?

A couple of years ago, city officials put out the request for bids for "Genesee Valley Pool & Plaza upgrades." Basically, they wanted a full revamp.

The facility needed upgrades everywhere on-site including a new pool deck, lifeguard areas, drains, plus a new finish on the inside of the pool. It also needed lighting upgrades and there are improvements to the plaza section itself. Work is moving along but not quite ready to open yet.

The city couldn’t give me a specific date but it will be back this year. I’m told at some point in late June.

We’ll keep you posted once we get that reopening date. Meantime, there are other pools (indoor open year-round), spray parks, and of course beaches to check out. Learn more on the city’s website.