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Genesee Valley Park PoolThe Genesee Valley Park Pool and Ice Rink are in for a makeover.

This is long overdue. The facility was built in 1976 and is badly in need of an upgrade. The Olympic-sized pool is wonderful, but the locker rooms are in terrible shape. The floors are disgusting. Many of the “gang-showers” don’t even have curtains. There’s a lot of rust. The food service area is very dated.

The city put out a Request for Proposals to make improvements. The RFP says the cost estimates will probably come in at a higher price that the city can afford.

I took the picture above on a hot summer day. The pool was empty. Making upgrades could encourage use and bring in more revenue. Perhaps the city could seek out a benefactor. The facility is a huge asset for Rochester and it needs some TLC.

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5 Responses to Long Overdue Upgrades in Works

  1. February 15, 2013 at 9:36 am Lance R. responds:

    I AGREE! Especially with the benefactor comment :).

  2. February 15, 2013 at 9:49 am DominionROC responds:

    The poor conditions at this facility is a metaphor for what ails the city. Without needed/essential investment s in quality of life assets…who wants to move to the city? How can we attract wealthy residents and businesses to the city?

    The city over the past couple decades have done a horrible job selecting and financing its city assets. Just about every capital project has been a boondoggle. Unless this process changes and more funding is channeled into city assets…the city will continue to DIE!!!

  3. The pool is usually empty because they charge to swim in it. That pool was packed when they didn’t charge.

  4. I’m glad they are doing improvements.

  5. why don’t we just have public swimming in the soon to be destroyed broad street? It’ll be a nice long pool, we can station life guards on the sidewalk, and it’ll be central to everyone. Elmwood is so hard to get to right now. Its a perfect idea.

    As another poster pointed out, if we stopped wasted money on garbage “developments” we would have money for maintaining city pools.

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