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Hoyt Park Pool to reopen Saturday

May 27, 2011
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By Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel

May 27, 2011 0

The long-closed Hoyt Park Pool comes back to life Saturday, with the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art Tosa Pool that features a zero-depth entrance, water slides, lap swimming and a sand play area.

County Executive Chris Abele will be on hand for the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

The $11 million project was privately funded and will be operated privately by the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool, though it will be staffed by Milwaukee County lifeguards and maintained by county staff.

The old pool at 1800 Swan Blvd. was built in 1939 and remained popular, but was closed in 2003 after a severe water leak developed. The Tosa Foundation spearheaded a fund drive to replace the old pool and got a major boost in 2007 with a $4 million grant from Wauwatosa native John Morgridge and his wife, Tashia. Morgridge is the former chairman of Cisco Systems, a California-based high-tech firm.

"Thanks to the partnership between generous donors and the county, residents will once again enjoy a water park that's easily accessible and offers great summer fun," Abele said.

Daily admission charges are $7 for adult county residents and $9 for non-residents. Evening swimming fees are $4 for county adult residents and $5 for non-residents. Season passes are $75 for individuals and $225 for families who live in Milwaukee County and $100 and $300 for people living outside the county.

About Steve Schultze
Schultze joined the Milwaukee Journal staff in 1985, covering state government and politics from the paper's state capitol bureau in Madison. He also served as Madison bureau chief for five years. Following the Journal-Sentinel merger in 1995, Schultze shifted to the paper's investigative/enterprise team, where he co-authored series on abusive teachers in the Milwaukee Public Schools, influence peddling in the administration of Gov. Tommy Thompson and shortcomings of a $3 billion regional sewer system upgrade. In 2007, he began covering Milwaukee County government. Schultze is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Journalism.
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