George Washington High School Pool May Reopen

By Carla Zanoni on May 7, 2012 1:10pm 

The DOE is reportedly looking into reopening a pool at George Washington High School.
The DOE is reportedly looking into reopening a pool at George Washington High School.
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The DOE is reportedly looking into reopening a pool at George Washington High School.

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Swimmers in Upper Manhattan may get to take a dip at one of two George Washington HS pools once again under a plan being mulled by the Department of Education, sources said.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez asked the DOE to consider reopening the 75-foot-long pool at 549 Audubon Ave. during a education committee hearing in late March. 

According to the Councilman, the DOE agreed to “look into it.”

DOE officials did not immediately reply to a request for comment. 

The pool was closed in the late 1990s and has been used to store desks and chairs, according to a council staffer. Rodriguez estimates the restoration would cost up to $7 million. 

The school currently has a smaller pool that is open to its student body during school hours and to the public during non-school hours and when swim teams are not in session.

The public can use the pool after 7 p.m. on weekdays, after 2 p.m. on weekends and throughout the summer. 

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