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Closure of Burlington aquatic center sends teams scrambling for practice, swim meet locations

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Five high school swimming teams have been in need of new home facilities after last week’s closing of Maynard Aquatics Center at Burlington City Park.

Teams from Burling-ton Christian Academy, Southeast Alamance, Southern Alamance, Western Alamance, and Williams had been using the pool for practices and meets.

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Some schools are scrambling to figure how the season is going to come together.

“BCA immediately re-established our previous pool relationship with New Millennium Fitness Center in Mebane and have an agreement to resume swim practices there effective (this past Monday),” BCA athletics director Rene Neff said.

Williams swimmers will practice at the Alamance County Community YMCA, though athletics director Bob Grant was still addressing the team’s status for meets.

Southeast Alamance will hold some practices in Mebane at New Millennium Fitness Center, which will be closer to the school than the Burlington facility. Athletics director B.J. Condron said the Stallions are “exploring some options. … Don’t have a great solution right now for meets.”

Southern Alamance will go to New Millennium Fitness Center when there are available times.

There was no response from Western Alamance regarding its plans.

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This isn’t the first time that teams using the Burlington pool have had to seek alternate locations during the high school season. The issue of available pool time puts the teams in a pinch.

The City of Burlington facility closed last Thursday. The city said in a news release that a report on the structural conditions of the metal components that support the pool’s enclosure recommended closing the facility for additional investigation and repairs.

“The report revealed that corrosion on some of the metal has progressed further than expected since a 2021 facility assessment,” the city announced. “That corrosion, along with concerns for the condition of other components that are sheathed and therefore not easily inspected, prompted the decision to close the facility.”

The city said that staff members anticipated a renovation of the pool enclosure that included a new pool shell, pump room, and pool deck improvements.

Tony Laws, director of the Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, said contact was made with Elon University about the potential for using a pool on that campus.

During the closure, Maynard Aquatics Center patrons with paid memberships will have their memberships extended or can request a prorated refund.

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