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Major Repairs Needed for Lansford Pool

LANSFORD — A popular pool in Carbon County is at risk of staying closed this summer after a high price tag to get it fixed. Now, the people of Lansford ar...

LANSFORD -- A popular pool in Carbon County is at risk of staying closed this summer after a high price tag to get it fixed.

Now, the people of Lansford are trying to get the rally cry out to save the Lansford pool.

Lansford's public pool was built in the 1940s and it's starting to show its age. That's why the borough council might have to close the pool for this summer while council members find a way to pay to fix it up.

The visions of sunny days, swimming and splashing in Lansford will have to wait as the borough works to decide what the next step is for this dilapidated community pool.

"Wear and tear over the years -- our diving board, our lifeguards chairs, the tiling and the biggest problem of course was the leak," said council member Rose Mary Cannon.

The leak Cannon is referring to is the one where the pool leaked 30 gallons a minute last summer.

Cannon, whose first job was at the pool, got an estimate that it could cost $1million to renovate the pool, given its age.

"There's cracks that need to be fixed, and the money just isn't in the borough budget."

Which brings us to Krista Matika, who started an online GoFundMe.com account to help rally locals to help out with pool repairs while the borough tries to secure a grant.

The GoFundMe page for this pool is only asking for $10,000 -- a drop in this very large bucket here, but for organizer Krista Matika, at least it's something to get the ball rolling.

"Without support from the community, the pool could close and the kids in the area would lose someplace to go in the summer," said Matika.

Trying to keep a place open for people like Michelle Lott, where she hopes she can watch her little girl Sophia grow up.

"From the looks of the winter, the summer might be hot too and the kids don't have to worry about overheating and give them something to do," said Lott.

There's a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday evening in Lansford to discuss the problems with the pool and what can be done.