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Belmont pool ready to splash June 1

| Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:16 a.m.
BRIGID BEATTY I LEADER TIMES Water gets pumped into the Belmont Complex pool in East Franklin Wednesday, just 10 days before opening day on June 1. The pool holds 365,000 gallons of water.
BRIGID BEATTY I LEADER TIMES Underneath the pool’s water slide at Belmont Complex Wednesday, maintenance worker Leroy Yount (left) and Director Gary Montebell prime the pump in preparation for the pool opening .
BRIGID BEATTY I LEADER TIMES Construction crews work on part of the addition project at Belmont Complex in East Franklin Wednesday. The construction area will be fenced off during the pool season.

EAST FRANKLIN — Summer is right around the corner and for many that means chilling out by the local pool.

Gary Montebell, director of Belmont Complex, said the outdoor pool — which holds 365,000 gallons — will be ready for opening day on June 1.

“We're all set,” he said, noting that the swim team is preparing to start practice for the season and that school groups will be hitting the pool next week.

The Olympic-size swimming pool also features a 150-foot water slide, diving area and children's zero-entrance play area.

Swim activities and the pool's open season will not be affected by the current construction project at the complex, Montebell said.

The wheelchair accessible addition will include an ice skate rental and sharpening shop, a new concession and first aid area and will have two new locker rooms and a family restroom.

The whole front of the building also is being remodeled, said Montebell.

The $2 million project was made possible through grants garnered by state Sen. Don White and from county-matched funds.

And although construction will continue through the pool season (with a completion time estimated to be around mid-September) construction areas will be fenced off to ensure public safety, said Montebell.

“There will still be plenty of space (for swim-related activity),” he said.

Montebell noted that anybody younger than 18 interested in trying out for the swim team should contact the Belmont Complex.

For more information, call 724-548-5455 or visit www.belmontcomplex.net.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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