Work on new pool to start June 2

Residents driving by Freedom Park in Greenwood in a few weeks will begin to see fences and stakes marking where an aquatic center will be built.

On June 2, give or take a few days, construction will start on a project that has been under discussion in Greenwood for more than a decade and became a topic of complaints from residents once the city closed and demolished its 55-year-old pool.

The city tore down the old pool in 2012 because of disintegrating bathhouses and concerns that pool revenue was $30,000 to $54,000 less than its operating costs. Residents are about to begin their third summer without a public pool in the city, and officials, including council member and pool committee chairman Thom Hord, have said the new aquatic center has taken too long to build.

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