Eastlake residents could be swimming within city limits this year as the city has struck an agreement with Lake County YMCA to operate Houston-Fisher Pool.
The deal covers 12 months with the LCYMCA taking over all operations for the pool at 1200 Jakse Drive, which includes hiring lifeguards and maintenance staff. Eastlake City Council adopted a resolution approving the agreement at a special May 22 meeting.
Eastlake maintains ownership of the pool and the surrounding 3-acre park, which includes a covered picnic pavilion, parking lot, children’s play area, and tennis and basketball courts. The city will be responsible for maintaining the park outside the pool area.
Despite it’s closure for the past two summers, the L-shaped, 85,000 gallon pool appears to be in decent shape, officials said.
“I see a facility that hasn’t been used for some time but definitely has some potential,” said Bob Hoffman, chief facilities officer for LCYMCA. “I think about warm summer days to come and large crowds of people here to use the pool.”
Opening day is Sunday, June 15, Father’s Day.
“All the systems here seem to be functional, so with a little TLC we will be open by then,” Hoffman added.
LCYMCA is leasing the pool from the city for $1, said Dennis Morley, Eastlake’s mayor.
“This will cost the city zero dollars. We are going to be putting in an ADA required lift out of our capital improvement fund, but that money does not come out of the general fund,” he said.
“It’ll be between $5,500 and $5,700. ... It’s for the Americans with Disabilities Act so people can go into the pool.”
Best Supply, a building material company on Melinz Parkway, made a $15,000 donation to help with the first year’s operational costs. Best Supply is owned by Tim Small.
“Tim is the big reason this pool will open,” Morley said.
Small said his company moved its corporate headquarters to Eastlake about four years ago.
“I think it’s important for a business in a community to support that community,” he said.
Clint Simons, executive director of LCYMCA, said he grew up in Willoughby and remembers swimming at Eastlake’s Houston-Fisher Pool as a child.
The pool manager will be Sue Dietrich, the swim-sports-play director for LCYMA West End.
Simons credited Dietrich and Eastlake Ward 2 Councilwoman Donna Vaughn as being the “driving forces” behind the effort to re-open the pool.
Vaughn and Dietrich, who is an Eastlake resident, said they were happy to be “a very positive influence” on talks, and were surprised how quickly this came together.
Vaughn said the two groups started meeting in mid-April.
“This is the first time to my knowledge that we have a municipal government, a private nonprofit and a local business community representing all facets of the enterprise in this area and working together to put something out for the residents of Eastlake,” she said.
“I think it’s a feat well done and took a lot of hard work and a lot of people, particularly our mayor.”
Simons said the pool will be open through Labor Day. Pool passes will be available to Y members, Eastlake residents and non-residents.
Summer-long family passes for Y members are $50, $150 for Eastlake residents and $275 for non-residents.
Summer-long individual passes for Y members are $30, $75 for Eastlake residents and $120 for non-residents.
Adult day passes are $7 for Eastlake residents and non-residents, and $5 for Y members. The same daily rates apply for a child’s day pass.