Many East Texans learned to swim there and now the Tyler YMCA is having to shut down its indoor pool.
The YMCA recently found out the 45 year old building that surrounds the pool is considered "no longer structurally sound". The pool itself is still safe for swimming. According to engineers, two walls and the roof have succumbed to the effects of chlorine, high humidity and poor ventilation.
The pool will close permanently unless the YMCA can come up with $300,000 dollars.
"We have displaced a whole lot of people, kids not only at the St Louis school, but the special needs kids in Whitehouse use this pool weekly," says Bart miller, Tyler YMCA Executive Director. "But, many people learned how to swim here and I think the community will rally around what we need to do."
The YMCA is starting a campaign to raise the money, so the pool can open again this summer. In the meantime, TJC has volunteered its pool for a few of the YMCA's classes. If you'd like to help, you can call the YMCA at 903-593-7327.