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Como Pool Closes

Como pool, a destination for local swimmers for the last 46 years, closed indefinately due to the high repairs costs and safety concerns the Pioneer Press reported.

In need for repairs for several years, the price of renovating the pool was predicted to be in the "millions and millions" of dollars. Due to these costs, the pool will not reopen next summer spokesman Brad Meyer said.

"The pool is beyond repair," Meyer said.

Official have not yet determined when another pool might be built to replace Como pool.

Built in 1962 by Public Pools Inc. for $161,000, the city purchased the pool shortly after when Public couldn't afford to run it anymore. The pool attracted an average of 15,000 visitors a year over the last few seasons.

A Star Tribune story featured the views and thoughts of community members. Concerning with what will come of the land in the future, community organizers will had a community meeting at Como Park's visitor center auditorium.

"All sides agree that something needs to be done," Rhonda DeBough, community organizer for the District 10 neighborhood council, said.