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Officials hope to reopen Cedar Beach Pool in Allentown by the end of July.

After years of repairs and delays, the multi-million dollar overhaul of Allentown‘s Cedar Beach Pool is in the homestretch.

The city’s largest and most popular pool has been dry since 2015, when a leak closed the pool for that summer.

The city decided the leak was time to overhaul Cedar Beach and developed plans including a new tube slide, toddler area and designated lap swimming area.

That plan was supposed to be completed by the summer of 2016, but the city ran into a number of problems, including structural issues discovered after the project began.

In December, an engineer with Keystone Consulting Engineers told city council the previous pool’s walls were not the right size for being in a flood plain, and that there were issues with the pool’s pump house.

Lindsay Taylor, the city’s director of parks and recreation, said she could not comment on the issues and delays because of “potential legal action.”

“It’s been a long process,” said Taylor, who became parks director two years ago.

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The project had an initial price tag of $1.3 million.

Taylor said the project now is at $2,739,000 and there may be one more change order, a change in costs for a construction project that goes before city council for a vote.

Crews are pouring the new pool deck now and then work will begin on the filter system, Taylor said. That will be followed by plastering the pool, then landscaping and other details.

The capacity of the pool will be 700 people on the grounds, which is actually lower than the previous capacity, according to Taylor.

An island installed for the new “super slide” took away some space. The new facility will also include a climbing wall, spray features and a wading area for toddlers.

“I think people will be really happy with it,” Taylor said of the new facility.

City officials are hoping to re-open the pool by the end of July. Traditionally, the city’s pools close after Labor Day weekend. Taylor said the city wants to see about keeping the pool open longer, but that would depend on available staffing.

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