Health inspection closes a Tulsa neighborhood pool

Monday, May 19th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Summertime is almost here. And it's time to think about pool time. News on 6 reporter Patrina Adger says the 5300 Club pool in midtown Tulsa is almost 50 years old. It opened in 1957.Now the gates are closed because of a recent health inspection.

The Tulsa City County Health Department has deemed the pool a risk to swimmers. Health inspectors say for the past four years, the neighborhood association has known about the pool's decking and interior problems, and every year they've patched it up. But this year, it's not good enough.

The pool "has" to be resurfaced and re-decked in order to open. That could cost several thousand dollars and the neighborhood president says they don't have the money to do it. Susan Thornton, "we would have to blast -very expensive work."

Health inspectors check the pool several times during the year and pool owners are notified in August what they need to do in order to get it running by the summertime.

So, this is a wakeup call for pools that have been notified by the health department to cleanup the pools or risk it closing for the summer.