While it seems summer is finally in full swing, and warmer weather has arrived, one local pool is gearing up to shut down early.

The municipal pool in Orono will be closing by August 1st this year. According to town officials, the closure is necessary to perform some much-needed repairs to the facility, specifically to the pool itself.

pool top view with swim rings and beach ball

According to the Town of Orono Facebook Page, it's a decision the town didn't make lightly. They said that the Public Works Department needed the time to ready the site, so that the work could be done before icy weather hits the state.

"Serious gutter issues cause the pool to be constantly emptying and refilling, keeping it COLD, and wasting resources (between 2,000-3,000 gallons a day!)...The Town has been navigating solving this for some time now. We wanted to make the 2023 pool season as long as possible, so we made the best effort to push the project as late in the season as we could, balanced with the schedule of one of only two contractors in the New England area that fix these issues."

swimming pool

While some took to the comment section to voice their displeasure with the measure, others defended the town's actions stating they understood the repairs were important to keeping the pool functioning properly in the future.

For those with valid 2023 pool passes, there is a plan.

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"...from the date the pool closes through 8/20, the University Rec Center pool will welcome Town pool pass-carrying residents at no charge. Rec pool rules will apply, and it will be only for pool use and those that hold valid 2023 pool passes."

The pool is offering swim lessons for the next two weeks, before the closure. For more information, or to register, you can click here.

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