KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People will be able to once again dive into an indoor pool at a popular community center.

KC Parks says the Tony Aguirre Community Center pool reopened Tuesday. It will operate on the following limited schedule, for the time being:

  • Tuesdays
    • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays
    • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays
    • 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The swimming pool closed last year after a filter sailed. KC Parks said it tried to seal it, but eventually had to order a new filter.

The parks department expected to get the filed by mid-August, but said the manufacture had several delays, including one caused by Hurricane Ian. The new filter was installed in November.

KC Parks said the pool experienced other issues, including with the heater and flow meter, because it sat empty for months.

In October, members of Kansas City’s council passed a resolution to fund emergency repairs needed at the community center.

Last year alone, the community center was closed because of water main breaks, and the Parks and Rec department replaced part of the center’s basketball court after people reported a bubble in the court.

Morgan Tangen, the center’s recreation director, said the pool’s capacity for swim lessons makes it a priceless community asset.

“Community centers bring people in. That’s why they’re called community centers,” she said. “It was a huge thing for the westside to have this community center. They’ve been missing out on a pool and a gym.”

This is the westside’s only city pool. Jarboe Park Pool sits a half-mile away, but it’s been closed for at least 3 years due to plumbing problems.

“Hopefully, we’ll see the foot traffic we once did. We welcome everybody. We want everybody to come in and enjoy it,” Tangen said.

The council’s resolution also addressed repairs needed for the Westside Fountain, which hasn’t operated since 2015, and the Jarboe pool.