Future of aging Hawthorne Pool uncertain

The Hawthorne Pool is located 2331 Veterans Drive in Galesburg.

GALESBURG – The aging Hawthorne pool is in need of expensive repairs, and the city council weighed in on Monday’s work session whether the aging pool should buy a heater.

The council agreed to buy the stove, which will cost between $10,000 and $15,000. The heating is only part of the work required on the building.

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The pool, which is used for swimming lessons, aqua fit classes, open and lane swimming and birthday rentals, is aging. Attendance also appears to be declining.

While 20,150 visits to the pool were recorded in 2017, only 12,610 were recorded in 2019. Data from 2020 is not available due to COVID-19.

The 60-year-old pool has seen a lot of work over the years, most recently with the addition of HVAC in 2013 for $450,000, but the building itself has seen little maintenance beyond replacing the roof and fixing mechanical issues.

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