Potterfield Pool to open Friday after being closed for cleaning

July 16, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Claude M. Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown was closed Wednesday afternoon and most of the day Thursday to be cleaned.

Lewie Thomas, recreation facilities coordinator for the City of Hagerstown, said the pool had to be cleaned after a child defecated while taking swimming lessons Wednesday morning.

City employees began to clean the pool shortly after the child had the accident, Thomas said. The decision was made to keep the pool closed for further cleaning Thursday after workers found waterfowl feces in the water.

The pool on Frederick Street was to reopen Thursday night for a pool party, Thomas said.

The water was not drained from the pool, Thomas said. Instead, workers treated the water with a powdered chemical called Shock "to kill anything left over."


"It's usually pretty rare," Thomas said of the child's accident. "Every once in a blue moon, something like this happens."

Thomas said the pool likely would lose a lot of business by being closed Thursday.

A high temperature of 94.4 degrees was recorded in Hagerstown at 3:20 p.m., according to, a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.

Thomas said the parents of the child who had the accident would not be fined.

"Accidents happen," he said.

Thomas said the pool was to reopen to the public Friday.

Swimming lessons were to be held this morning, and a public swim was scheduled from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thomas said.

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