Repairs Complete, Pool Reopens

By Jared Mandel

September 10, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 10:35 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Johnson City pool at the West Family YMCA reopens after being damaged by September's flooding and then a fire just six weeks later.

It underwent repairs to its pool deck, walls and carpeting.

Management at the YMCA said the damage did not pose an immediate threat, but did raise long-term concerns.

Thousands of area residents use the warm water facilities for therapy and recreation, and the YMCA is seeing record attendance this week at its water classes.

The repairs were made possible with support from the YMCA of Broome County and the Community Foundation.

Swimmers say they are thankful.

"It makes a big difference," said Ed Royko, a recreational swimmer. "When I leave here I feel like I can jump in the air and click my feet together."

"If it weren't for them, this project would have gone undone for quite sometime so we're very grateful for all their support," said Gayle Pado, the Executive Director of the West Family YMCA.

The Community Foundation covered about $15,000 of the $22,000 repair cost.