Mayor Bennett confirms deal with YMCA to re-open pool

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After nearly a year, the Vigo County’s YMCA may soon be able to re-open its pool.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett confirmed Thursday that the city is working with the YMCA on the issue. 

The pool was closed Sept. 1 of last year due to the high cost of keeping it open. Concerned citizens brought the issue to the Terre Haute City Council, noting that the YMCA had the only handicap accessible pool in the area. 

“It’s a community service for those that have physical impairments, uh, that keep them from going to other pools because the access is not there,” YMCA member Brenda Williams noted when the Y was considering closing the pool. 

A group calling themselves “Y Make Waves?” quickly formed to work toward re-opening the pool and keep it operational.

The local chapter of 100 Women Who Care even gave a donation to help with the cause. 

Rose-Hulman and the Aquatic Center offered to open up their pools for Y users, but the one at the Y is more accessible for people with disabilities who use it as physical therapy. 

Continue to check back with WTWO/WAWV both on air and online for updates on this story as we work to learn more about the deal between the city and the YMCA. 

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