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Why Fishtown’s Swimmo is closed for the summer

The neighborhood public pool needs an overhaul

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When Philly’s Department of Parks and Recreation announced public pool opening dates earlier this week, one was conspicuously missing.

A small note at the bottom, once you scroll past the list of 70-plus pools says, “Lederer Pool will be closed this season for necessary structural and mechanical repairs.”

Better known as The Swimmo, the pool at Montgomery Avenue and Moyer Street has seen better days.

Frank Fabey, deputy commissioner for skills and operations, explained the pool needs to be completely taken out. The pool was installed above ground when the city put it in 30 years ago, but most pools are now in-ground.

“It’s been around for a long time, and it’s a good opportunity to update it,” Fabey said.

Fabey said other concerns are the piping system, which has worn out with age. He added the project will take about a year, and unless there are any problems, the pool should be up and running again next season. But no guarantees on that timeline.

The good news is, Fishtowners won’t completely melt away this summer. Parks and Rec recommends going to Cione Pool, 2600 E. Aramingo Ave., or Hancock Pool, 1401 N. Hancock St., instead.

The full list of pool opening dates is below, and the city has more information available about operating hours and indoor pools.

Thursday, June 22 (beginning at 4 p.m.)

  • Awbury (6101 Ardleigh St, 19138)
  • Cione (2600 E Aramingo Ave, 19125)
  • Feltonville (231 E Wyoming Ave, 19120)
  • Kelly (4231 Landsdowne Dr, 19131)
  • Lee (4328 Haverford Ave, 19104)
  • Mander (2140 N 33rd St, 19121)
  • Max Myers (1601 Hellerman St, 19149)
  • Murphy (300 W Shunk St, 19148)
  • Vare (2600 Morris St, 19145)

Friday, June 23

  • Christy (728 S 55th St, 19143)
  • Fox Chase (7901 Ridgeway St, 19111)
  • Francisville (1737 Francis St, 19130)
  • Hillside (201 Fountain St, 19127)
  • Lawncrest (6000 Rising Sun Ave, 19111)
  • O’Connor (2601 South St, 19146)
  • Pleasant (6720 Boyer St, 19119)
  • Vogt (4131 Unruh Ave, 19135)

Saturday, June 24

  • East Poplar (820 N 8th St, 19123)
  • Jardel (1400 Cottman Ave, 19111)
  • Morris Estate (1610 W Chelten Ave, 19126)
  • Ridgway (1301 Carpenter St, 19147)

Monday, June 26

  • Anderson (740 S 17th St, 19146)
  • Carousel (4300 Avenue of the Republic, 19131)
  • Cobbs Creek (280 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, 19139)
  • Kendrick (5822 Ridge Ave, 19128)
  • Lackman (1101 Bartlett St, 19115)
  • Lincoln (3201 Rowland Ave, 19136)
  • McVeigh (400 E Ontario St, 19134)
  • Penrose (1101 W Susquehanna Rd, 19122)
  • Pickett (5700 Wayne Ave, 19144)
  • Sayre (5835 Spruce St, 19139)
  • Shepard (5700 Haverford Ave, 19131)
  • Waterloo (2501 Waterloo St, 19133)

Tuesday, June 27

  • Gathers (2501 Diamond St, 19121)
  • Lonnie Young (1100 E Chelten Ave, 19138)
  • Mitchell (3700 Whitehall Ln, 19114)
  • Myers (5803 Kingsessing Ave, 19143)
  • Northern Liberties (321 Fairmount Ave, 19123)
  • Samuel (2501 E Tioga St, 19134)
  • Schmidt (113 W Ontario St, 19140)
  • Scanlon (1099 E Tioga St, 19134)

Wednesday, June 28

  • Barry (1800 Johnston St, 19145)
  • Dendy (1501 N 10th St, 19122)
  • Heitzman (2136 Castor Ave, 19134)
  • Hunting Park (900 W Hunting Park Ave, 19140)
  • Jacobs (4500 Linden Ave, 19114)
  • James Finnegan (6900 Grovers Ave, 19142)
  • Kingsessing (4901 Kingsessing Ave, 19143)
  • Ziehler (200 E Olney Ave, 19120)

Thursday, June 29

  • 39th and Olive (700 N 39th St, 19104)
  • Amos (1817 N 16th St, 19121)
  • Athletic (1400 N 26th St, 19121)
  • Chew (1800 Washington Ave, 19146)
  • Cruz (1431 6th St, 19122)
  • Hancock (1401 N Hancock St, 19122)
  • Houseman (5091 Summerdale Ave, 19124)
  • Sacks (400 Washington Ave, 19147)
  • Simpson (1010 Arrott St, 19124)
  • Tustin (5901 W Columbia Ave, 19151)

Friday, June 30

  • 12th and Cambria (2901 N 12th St, 19133)
  • American Legion (6201 Torresdale Ave, 19135)
  • Baker (5433 Landsdowne Ave, 19131)
  • Bridesburg (4601 Richmond St, 19137)
  • Cohox (2901 Cedar St, 19134)
  • Ford (609 Snyder Ave, 19148)
  • Mill Creek (5100 Parrish St, 19139)
  • ML King (2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave, 19121)
  • Piccoli (1501 E Bristol Ave, 19124)

Saturday, July 1

  • Belfield (2100 W Chew Ave, 19138)
  • CB Moore (2551 N 22nd St, 19132)
  • Cherashore (851 W Olney Ave, 19120)
  • Shuler (3000 N 27th St, 19132)
  • Stinger Square (3200 Dickinson St, 19146)