U of M closing outdoor pool to make way for rec center improvements

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Published: August 24, 2019 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Jack Leake, 71, finishes his final laps at the University of Memphis outdoor pool just before dawn Friday, Aug. 23. For years the pool has hosted the Early Bird swimmers, a group of Memphians ages 40s and older who swim every morning at the pool. The 50-meter pool will be demolished in the coming weeks as the university makes way for redevelopment that will include renovation of the existing rec center along with a new center.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Jack Leake, 71, finishes his final laps at the University of Memphis outdoor pool just before dawn Friday, Aug. 23. For years the pool has hosted the Early Bird swimmers, a group of Memphians ages 40s and older who swim every morning at the pool. The 50-meter pool will be demolished in the coming weeks as the university makes way for redevelopment that will include renovation of the existing rec center along with a new center. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

The University of Memphis is closing its Olympic-size outdoor pool as part of additions and renovations. Friday was the last day of use for the pool.

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Michael Waddell is a native Memphian with more than 20 years of professional writing and editorial experience, working most recently with The Daily News and High Ground News.


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