Final push for efforts to open Cincinnati pools this summer

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)---Come this summer, all city pools are in danger of looking just like they do now--chained up and closed. For the last few months the threat has been real, but so has the strong effort to keep them open.

City budget cuts impacted the pool budget for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

"Not having the pool would put our children at serious risk," said community organizer Kathy Atkinson. But she also has some good news for the Walnut Hills pool.

Union Institute and University will match the fundraising that's been done for the Bucsh Recreation Center in Walnut Hills. It' puts that pool within a few thousand dollars of the money needed to open it for the summer. The deadline for fundraising is April 15th.

"I'm not hopeful, I'm confident. We will be opened," said Atkinson.

But what about the dozens of other Cincinnati pools?

"We've had all kinds of neighborhood events happening," said Jincey Yemaya of the efforts to get the money.  She's the aquatic director for the CRC,  and says there is still a lot of money needed.

She and others met Wednesday evening to discuss ways to make a fundraising splash in these final two weeks.

"The money is just not there, and we are hoping that fundraising efforts do make a difference," she told FOX19.

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