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Pool not a skatepark, says City of Nelson

Gyro Pool improvements are behind schedule due to skateboarders damaging the paint. It
Gyro Pool improvements are behind schedule due to skateboarders damaging the paint. It's expected to open July 6.
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Recent improvements at the Gyro Park wading pool have attracted uninvited guests.

Skateboarders took note of the sandblasters smoothing out the parameter of the pool and the fresh coat of paint that went on last week.

Public works supervisor Karen MacDonald said when a City contractor went to the pool early Thursday morning to add a second coat of paint, there were skaters set up with a camera and tripod making a video of themselves riding the rail along the edge of the empty pool.

"The base coat was ruined," MacDonald said. "I don't know if they realize the damage they're doing. It's putting us behind and increasing the cost of the project."

Nelson Police are aware of the issue and have been keeping an eye out for people hopping the fence to get into the pool area.

MacDonald said the pool won't be ready for its usual July 2 opening, but if the paint isn't damaged again, it should be open by July 6.

Gyro Park wading pool, located at 100 Gyro Park Road, is a popular summer destination for parents with young children. It's free to use seven days per week, 1 to 6 p.m., from July to September, with lifeguards on duty.

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