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Closed Since Late May, Meador Pool to Reopen This Weekend

Meador Pool
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Springfield-Greene County Park Board

More than two months after a major water leak forced Springfield officials to close Meador pool, the facility is set to reopen.

More than $153,000 from the Park Board’s general fund was needed to replace roughly 400 feet of pipe.  Soon after Meador Pool opened Memorial Day weekend, it was found to be leaking at a rate of 1,500 gallons an hour. The primary source of the leak was finally found to be inside the pool’s main drainpipe.  

A Kansas company began working in July to replace the main drainpipe as well as additional pipes original to the 1964 construction of Meador Pool, which had deteriorated over time.

Meador will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-6:30 p.m. through Labor Day weekend, including Aug. 15-16, Aug. 22-23, Aug., 29-30 and Sept. 5-6, as well as Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Officials will offer a special all-day admission at Meador Pool of $1 for all ages, or free admission with a canned food donation at the door to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.

After Labor Day, Meador Pool closes to the public but remains in use by Missouri State University and Drury University swim teams.

The Park Board says that with school beginning in Springfield Thursday, the weekday outdoor pool season comes to an end this week. Grant Beach and Fassnight will reopen Saturdays and Sundays, 1-6:30 p.m., this weekend through Labor Day.

Silver Springs and Westport pools and McGee-McGregor wading pool are now closed for the season.

Labor Day is the last day for humans to swim in outdoor pools. Canines, however, are invited to dog paddle in Fassnight Pool Tuesday, Sept. 8, 4-7 p.m. at Dog Swim XII. Proof of vaccination is required and preregistration is strongly recommended. The cost is $8 per dog and dog owner; with $3 for each additional humans. All proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park, Springfield’s first off-leash dog park. More details are at parkboard.org.

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