Just in time for the hottest weekend of the year so far, Westport Pool in Springfield re-opens to the public Saturday.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board says a major water leak in both of the pool’s main drain boxes has been repaired at a cost of about $10,000.

Park board operations staff spent the last few weeks locating the source of the leak and making repairs.

The solution? Reinforcing metal boxes around the drain and a technique called mud jacking, which involves drilling small holes in the shell of the pool and injecting a sealant beneath the shell’s surface.

The pool is now holding water well enough to open.

Westport Pool, located on west Mt. Vernon Street, will be open 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and will follow a regular schedule after that, open 1-6:30 daily and closed on Tuesdays.

Photo courtesy Springfield-Greene County Park Board 

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