MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s been nearly two months since the Wellness & Aquatics Complex in Maury County closed but there’s now a new push to reopen the facility’s pools, according to county leaders.
Formerly the Maury County YMCA, the WAC was losing money and could not come up with the funding to stay open. It closed in late April.
Former members said the pools were more than just a place where people exercised. They were a place where local swim teams practiced and competed.
Maury Regional Medical Center also used the indoor pool for aquatic therapy. Since shutting its doors, the hospital has not been able to offer aquatic therapy to its patients.
A local grassroots group, Save the WAC, started a Facebook page and has been flooded with an outpouring of support for reopening the pools, both indoor and outdoor.
Former WAC board member Gale Moore is part of Save the WAC and told News 2 the facility is in the process of being purchased by a local business. “It just breaks our heart, all of us, we can’t even come back here,” said Moore,
Although she could not disclose details about the transaction, Moore did say supporters have talked to the potential buyer about reopening the pools.
The idea is that the outdoor pool would be open to families during the summer only. The indoor pool would stay open year-round for aquatic therapy and swim teams.
If that doesn’t happen, it’ll be the first time in nearly 30 years that high school swim teams haven’t had a local pool to use for practice and competition.
There is another outdoor public pool in the city, located at Fairview Park, but Moore said it is too small to accommodate swim teams.
“There are miracles that were done in that pool and people came to the pool and couldn’t walk, came in wheelchairs and they’d get in the pool and could walk. It was just amazing,” said Katie Martin, who taught classes at the WAC.
The group is trying to determine how many people would be interested in joining the pool.
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