With summer just around the corner, North Enders will soon get to splash around a newly spruced up neighborhood pool thanks to a major renovation project that is now underway.
The Marie E. Mirabella pool -- which sits alongside Boston Harbor with a view of one of the city's most famous landmarks, the USS Constitution -- is undergoing a $300,000 capital repair project that includes upgrades to its mechanical system and underground piping, according to the Boston Centers for Youth and Families.
A new concrete slab will be installed to lower the pool depth from 10 feet, 9 inches to 8 feet, 7 inches. The new concrete slab, officials say, will help end in-season water leakage and out-of-season pool damage.
Work also includes repairing broken pool ladders, replacing joints in the deep pool, and fixing cracks in the deep end of the pool. Work also includes replacing the chain-link fence at the sea wall and cleaning and sprucing up the bathhouse.
The Globe's Suzanne Kreiter profiled the residents who used the pool in 2007.
The city announced the repairs today after numerous postings from North End residents appeared on Facebook. Many were inaccurately speculating about the activity there, and officials want to clear the air, said Sandy Holden, spokeswoman for the Boston centers.
"It's a beautiful pool,'' she said. "I'm glad the work is going on. It'll really nice when it is done."
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