Belmont residents – the few still in town during the Labor Day holiday – were anticipating to witness the final days of the Underwood Pool, the oldest continuously serving outdoor municipal pool in the US, as it prepares to shut down for the final time since opening its doors a few weeks after the Titanic sank in 1912.
After 102 years, the historic pool would be open for one last weekend before shutting down.
But with news earlier this week that Woburn-based Seaver Construction withdrew its low bid to build a new Underwood Pool complex – the only one of five bidders who was within the $4.9 million construction budget – the future of the existing oval-shaped pool has grown a bit murky as town officials scramble to determine their next move on the already designed new two pool complex scheduled to open on the first day of summer 2015.
Town departments, officials and the new pool’s building committee will meet at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 to discuss any next steps that can be taken.
For those residents who wish to take a “final” plunge into the historic facility, the pool’s Labor Day weekend schedule is:
- Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29 and 30: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 31: 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 1 (the “final” day): noon to 4 p.m.