Smith, Grimsley Pools May Be Managed By GCS

4:36 PM, Apr 30, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- The City of Greensboro is quantifying rumors that they are closing two of area pools.

For days rumors have been circulating that the city is closing pools at Smith and Grimsley High. In fact, WFMY News 2 has received several of those calls.

Monday, the city released this statement addressing the issue: The City of Greensboro has proposed transferring the maintenance and operations of the swimming pools at Grimsley and Smith High Schools to Guilford County Schools over the next 3-5 years. While the City recognizes that the pools play an integral role in the swim community, the proposal to transfer the responsibilities to Guilford County Schools is based on the best use of the City's limited resources.

Facing a $4.1 million budget gap in fiscal year 2012-13, the City is making a concerted effort to provide programs that are sustainable and maintain a balance of access and services to residents. In considering how the Smith and Grimsley facilities are used, the costs associated with their use, and the access provided to Greensboro residents, the City made a decision to seek alternatives to maintaining its operation of the pools.

The costs incurred by the City to operate the pools are estimated at $300,000 per year, while receiving limited net revenues from association rentals and swim classes in return. In addition, the Grimsley and Smith High School teams are the highest users of the pools, representing 60 percent of all users.

Ultimately, the transfer will also allow the City to increase services to residents by extending its operations at outdoor pools, keeping them open until 7 pm during summer hours, rather than closing at 5 pm.

The Greensboro City Council will make its decision on the future operations of the pools as part of its vote on the 2012-13 budget on June 19.

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