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Two Spokane pools to remain open in September

Fri., Aug. 26, 2011, 12:01 p.m.

Hot weather relief

Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department will keep two pools open after Labor Day, after all.

Witter Aquatic Center, located in the Mission Park neighborhood, will be open for swim team and lap swimming until Sept. 9, weekdays only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A.M. Cannon, located in the West Central neighborhood, will offer “open swim” sessions for all swimmers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Sept 10.

“With hot summer weather arriving so late this year, many citizens were disappointed that our pools would be closing this weekend,” Parks Director Leroy Eadie said in a press release.

“At the urging of Mayor Verner and others, we developed a plan to keep our community in the swim for a few more days.”

The city’s remaining pools — Comstock, Hillyard, Shadle and Liberty — will close Saturday.

Shawn Vestal’s Wednesday column in The Spokesman-Review on the planned Saturday closures of all the pools invoked dozens of citizen comments, many expressing frustration that the taxpayer-supported pools had such a short summer season.

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