JCC To Close Pool, Clearbrook Swim Club
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston announced today it will not open the 50-year old facility in Framingham this summer.
The JCC Clearbrook Swim Club's pool is in need of $100,000 worth of repairs and thus the 50-year old facility will not open this summer.
"Compliance with new ADA requirements for swimming pools that went into effect as of Jan. 31, 2013 would cost nearly $100,000, and the pool needs a new pump, in addition to some other items. It is not financially feasible to continue to run the swim club. Reluctantly, we have decided that we cannot open the club this summer," said Mark Sokoll President and CEO of Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, in a letter to families.
The JCCs of Greater Boston bought Clearbrook in 2001 from bondholders.
In the first years after we bought it, we made a number of capital improvements, said Sokoll in a letter to families and members.
"We saw a resurgence in membership that continued until the recession in 2008, when we lost 30% of our members. For the last 5 years we have hoped to see the economy improve and membership rebound, but that has not happened," said Sokoll. "Swimming pools are expensive to operate, and this is a 50-year-old facility. Our replacement and maintenance expenses keep mounting, and we have struggled to meet the everyday needs of an aging facility and higher water and pool chemical costs, especially with decreased revenue."
"This was a difficult decision to make," wrote Sokoll in a letter to families today.
He said they wanted to give families enough time to make other arrangements this summer.