Christopher Morley Park pool not opening in foreseeable future

Christopher Morley Park pool not opening in foreseeable future
The Nassau County Parks Department has chosen to close the pool at Christopher Morley Park. (Photo courtesy of Nassau County)

Christopher Morley Park’s pool has been a staple in the community for kids and adults alike to escape the summer’s sweltering heat. But this summer it will not be opening – nor another summer in the foreseeable future.

Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) told Blank Slate that she had spoke with the Nassau County parks commissioner who confirmed the pool in Roslyn Heights will be closing.

DeRiggi-Whitton said the decision was made by the parks administration because the pool requires major funding to repair it. She said the administration was not willing to allocate funds to the needed project.

She estimated the costs to address the pool’s needs to be worth millions of dollars in repairs, making the project cost prohibitive for the county.

She said the pool’s closure is a big loss for the community.

“I really feel terrible because I know a lot of different groups use the pool,” DeRiggi-Whitton said.

She estimated that about 1,000 people use the pool overall.

She said the Christopher Morley Park pool is a main source of fun and cooling off for many people in the community, but that there are other options available. This includes the Manorhaven Park pool and others along the South Shore.

While there are other options, DeRiggi-Whitton said they are not as convenient as Christopher Morley Park is to many people due to its central location.

She said that the administration may be leaning towards permanently closing the pool, but she is unsure of the pool’s status in the future. She said there is a potential for a parks administration in the future to decide to invest in repairing the pool, but that it is not being allocated under the current administration.

“It’s a shame to see it happen,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “I know it’s a tremendous amount of money but I really do like to see things for kids to keep them busy… it’s a loss.”

Staff at Christopher Morley Park declined to provide comment to Blank Slate about the matters.

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