Congress Park Pool *finally* has an opening date

Keep calm and go for a swim, Denverites.

Dog-a-Pool-ooza at Cook Park Pool, Aug. 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Dog-a-Pool-ooza at Cook Park Pool, Aug. 13, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The day has arrived.

Congress Park Pool will reopen Saturday, July 23, according to Denver City Councilmember Chris Hinds.

Hinds shared the information on his social media pages, announcing that over the weekend, July 23-24, the pool will open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be free for all ages.

The pool recently underwent a $10.1 million renovation as part of the Elevate Denver Bond program voters passed in 2017. The pool was built in 1955 and required renovations to accommodate growth in the neighborhood and to modernize it.

But, to the strong dismay of residents, the pool did not open when the season began on June 13.

The holdup: epoxy paint coating the pool that waterproofs it. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson Nancy Kuhn said the paint needed to cure, and that curing process was weather-related. Kuhn added that the weather was great in April, but the late May snowstorm set things back.

But as Denver starts to see hotter days, the pool is opening seemingly right on time.

On August 2, Denver Parks and Recreation, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Hinds will be hosting a celebration at the pool from 11 a.m. to noon. Access will again be free, and there will also be giveaways.

It’s unclear whether Hancock or Hinds will be celebrating in their bathing suits.

 

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