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Swimmers hitting pool after hours, officials report

Thu., Aug. 27, 2009, 1:18 p.m.

Spokane’s new swimming pools are so popular that they are attracting a crowd – after the pools have closed, city parks officials said today.

A Comstock Pool neighbor has reported late-night swimming at nearly every day since it opened Aug. 12, said Nancy Goodspeed, parks spokeswoman.

The city also has received similar reports, including from motorists, regarding late-night use at the other new pools, she said.

The parks department has asked its drive-by security patrols and police to keep a closer eye on the pools to stop unauthorized entries.

Neighbors can help by reporting unauthorized or illegal activity to Crime Check at 456-2233.

The department has safety concerns about the after-hour users, Goodspeed said.

Fences were designed to discourage nighttime entry, but the unauthorized users apparently are scaling them anyway, she said.

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