All city pools open today

Donations keep pools filled until Labor Day

August 14, 2010|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

All city pools be will open today, following nearly $675,000 in private donations to restore facilities that had been closed due to budget cuts, the mayor's office announced Friday.

The city closed its 26 outdoor pools Monday after a truncated, six-week swim season, one of many cuts that came as officials grappled with a $121 million budget shortfall.

Following public outcry, donations poured into the Baltimore Community Foundation this week, allowing the city to reopen — and in some cases refill — the pools.

The pools will remain open until Labor Day, city officials said.

Julie.scharper@baltsun.com

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