Health department closes some Portland wading pools

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by David Krough / KGW.com

NWCN.com

Posted on July 7, 2010 at 9:18 AM

PORTLAND -- Many wading pools in Portland are off the list of places to cool off as temperatures heat up.

New State of Oregon rules say water in wading pools has to be treated and re-circulated, and drains need to be made safe from possible entrapment.

The problem is that Portland Parks and Recreation can't afford to make the upgrades.

Parks officials said water spray features will eventually replace wading pools. They already have been installed at Columbia, Earl Boyles, Essex, Grant, Kenton, McCoy, Northgate, Peninsula, Pier, Raymond, and Woodlawn Parks.
 
Parks officials identified 17 wading pools for replacement and 7 for elimination.
 
The cost for upgrading each pool is estimated at upwards of $250,000.
 
Swimming pools will remain open for the summer.

To see a full list of pools go to PortlandOnline.com

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