October 21, 2021

Wickwire work winds down

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Ducks swim in the Wickwire Pool Thursday at Suggett Park in Cortland. Following a year when the pool was closed by both the coronavirus pandemic and for a $682,000 renovation, the pool will open this summer, city officials said.

Renovations to the pool house at the Wickwire Pool in Cortland will be completed by the June 26 opening day, Cortland Youth Bureau Director John McNerney said Thursday.

The $682,000 project, of which $407,000 is funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund, includes:

  • New interior and exterior.
  • New roofing.
  • Bathrooms and locker rooms.
  • A bathroom accessible from the outside.
  • New public address system.
  • Roofing over the currently open-air shower areas.
  • New pool deck lighting.

“I think the community will be very happy with what they see,” McNerney said. Only some minor work, including a few minor painting projects, remain.

Another $235,000 of the cost will be paid through a Community Development Block Grant.

The pool and the beach at Yaman Park will be open this summer after being closed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, McNerney said, but COVID protocols will be in place. Masks will be required inside all facilities, on the pool deck, at Wickwire, and on the beach at Yaman Park, according to the youth bureau’s spring/summer 2021 catalog.

Masks will not be permitted while in the water.

Groups will also be limited to 10 people.

Wickwire Pool and Yaman Beach will have other precautions in place, including required registration for two-hour time slots at Wickwire and a maximum of 250 guests at Yaman Park.

More details can be found in the catalog tinyurl.com/3upmcftn.

The new pool house is “going to look great,” Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin said.

A year after having both the pool and beach closed, Tobin said he’s excited both will be open again for the public to use.