With a hot summer looming, parents and community members in Springhill wonder how they and their children will cool off now that both the city's pools are being closed.
Many Springhill residents attended the City Council meeting Monday to try to save the city's pools, especially on the west side.
After a presentation by one of the city's engineering firms, council members voted to shut down both the west and east side pools indefinitely.
"I believe our city had exposed liability from the engineer report that we just could not allow them to be open," District 4 Councilman Adam Harris explained. "It just puts our citizens at risk to let them use the pools."
Residents were hoping to see the pools repaired instead of shut down.
But the engineer's report shows both need extensive repairs, including plumbing, plaster and drains.
It would take $150,000 to $175,000 to repair the west side pool and $250,000 for the east side pool, the report states.
Many also think the pools never should have been allowed to get to this point.
"Any property or facility needs to be upkept. There are tax dollars to make sure those things occur," District 1 Councilwoman Dimettera Nicole Frazier said.
"At the end of the day, we believe the children should have a swimming pool to swim in. And at any cost, it should have been fixed considering how neglected it's been for years."
A proposed amendment to the vote states that when there is money available, a pool for the whole community will be built in a neutral location.
Springhill also is exploring the possibility of building a splash pad.
Until then, residents are left wondering what they'll do this summer.
"I swam in that pool, both of them, as a matter of fact, and so have my kids," resident Marcus McDaniel said. "You know that's the only thing around here for the kids to do."
"It's just a sad day here in Springhill, period," Terrell Mendenhall said. "It's just unfair to the community as a whole and most definitely devastating."