Westover Pool Vandalized, Closed For Repairs

Brent Finnegan -- April 13th, 2011

Westover Pool, located at the Cecil Gilkerson Community Activities Center in Harrisonburg, will be closed until at least seven in the morning on Thursday, April 14.

The entry doors were damaged early Tuesday morning after trespassers cut a slit in the pressurized pool dome, entered the facility and attempted to exit through the main entrance doors, the Harrisonburg Public Information Office explained in a statement. The doors appear to have been kicked in, and were severely damaged.

Lee Forester, Director of Parks & Recreation, said that the doors that help keep the white dome pressurized are a specialty item, and that’s why the pool is expected to remain closed through Wednesday.

The repair is expected to cost the city at least $5,000. Harrisonburg Police are investigating the incident.

The white dome over the pool was scheduled to be removed at the end of April, and remain uncovered throughout the summer season.

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