On October 27, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) issued the following advisory concerning the recently refurbished Sportspark Pool:
and another on November 6:Due to repairs, the sports park pool will be closed until further notice.Sincerely,
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Please be advised Sportspark is now open however, the pool will be closed until further notice.A Roosevelt Island resident sent in this message earlier today about the Sportspark Pool:
I came across your website and thought you just might be the person to contact. Do you happen to have any insight into the seemingly permanent pool closing. We have been left high and dry (quite literally) since Sandy. As I am unaware of actual storm damage to the island, I'm perplexed by this. The tennis facility is, and has been, open and running since almost immediately post storm. Other than the fact that one is privately owned and the other govt operated, I cannot make sense of this. Is it simply that the Roosevelt Island government is not interested in performing their duties because no one is holding them or their pocketbooks accountable? Any insight you have here would be greatly appreciated.I asked RIOC Vice President Of Operations Fernando Martinez about the reason for the Sportspark pool closing and the anticipated re-opening. Will update when an answer is received.
I was informed by a Roosevelt Island resident, though not confirmed by RIOC, that the problem with the pool is:
... with the heat exchange. It's apparently a relatively difficult repair because some of the parts are old and/or unique to the RI pool.According to RIOC:
Our recently refurbished, handicapped accessible, Olympic-style pool is available for lap-swimming seven days a week. Additional pool area is designated for recreational use and children's free play. With life-guards on duty, the pool sits amid stadium seating, giving the vital adult swimmer an ambiance of competition for their laps or energetic kids added grandeur to their play. Kickboards and other supplies for specific swim exercise are available poolside. Locker rooms are available for men and for women with showers and lockers....The Sportspark Pool was renovated in November 2009. The pool was also closed last July for mechanical problems.