George Washington High School Pool May Reopen
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.