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Public forum planned to discuss future of Belmont's Underwood Pool

Posted by Evan Allen  January 29, 2013 10:28 AM

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The Belmont Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting on Jan. 31 to discuss the future of the Underwood Pool.

The aging pool, built 100 years ago and a staple of Belmont childhood, had a rocky summer last year: the diving board was removed over safety concerns, and a broken valve required the pool to close briefly. Town officials say it's time to build a new pool.

The forum will be held with the town's consultant, Bargmann, Hendrie + Archetype, and will provide an overview of the process ahead, including timelines for the development of a feasibility and preliminary design study, according to a release from the town. The study will yield design options and cost estimates for the Underwood Pool and related buildings, and a multi-purpose athletic field.

Town officials will be looking for public comment on the project.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Belmont Library Assembly Room at 336 Concord Ave.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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