Closing system

Philadelphia pool still closed in one of city’s hottest neighborhoods

Repairs to the pool’s mechanical building have been a priority for the Department of Parks and Recreation since last year, Soukup said, with work beginning in earnest this spring. But supply chain issues and labor shortages have delayed work, she said.

“Opening this pool is a top priority for us, and we are so devastated that construction delays are preventing it from opening,” Soukup wrote in an email. “We are committed to having a later summer pool season in Hunting Park as soon as it is safe to open the pool.”

Starting July 28, Parks & Recreation plans to bring free inflatable water slides to the hunting park on Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chris Gale, program director and center manager at the nonprofit North10, which helps provide heat-related resources like a public cooling center in Hunting Park, was “frustrated” with how the city ​​communicated the delayed opening of the swimming pool.

“We weren’t even informed by the city,” he said. “We are learning from partners in our community that the city has decided not to open the pool.”

Gale sees the delayed opening of the pool and the broader challenges facing the neighborhood in the face of extreme heat as part of a pattern of divestment.

“There are little things like, ‘Oh, well, it sucks we can’t do it,’ but like opening the pool would have been nice, right?” he said. “That would have been great.”