HUNTSVILLE — A community that once had three public swimming pools to help alleviate the misery of summer’s dog days is now down to one, with the Big South Fork NRRA’s recent announcement that the Bandy Creek pool will not open this summer due to budget cuts.

The Town of Huntsville opened its municipal pool last week and reported a steady stream of customers looking to cool off from the heat. The Town of Oneida’s pool at Oneida City Park was closed several years ago due to its state of disrepair and will not be reopened. Instead, city officials plan to install a splash pad later this year, saying the high costs of repair make reopening the pool unfeasible.

But officials in Huntsville stress that their pool is losing money and unless it is utilized by the community, it, too, could wind up closing.

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