For the Northland Swim Club, "it's a year-to-year proposition" on whether the pool will open, said Bill Logan of the Karmel Woodward Park Civic Association and an adviser to the pool at 500 Almont Dr., which is marking its 50th anniversary.
The Northland pool was built and is still run by a community board, which has remained in business thanks to support from residents and businesses, Logan
"It costs $11,000 to fill the pool every year," Logan
Natural-gas and other utility costs are rising.
When a $5,000 pump broke down, the business community came to Northland's aid.
"They understand that the pool is an asset to the neighborhood," he
"When the pool closes, the general area tends to decline."
Northland's membership declined over the years as the neighborhood's population aged, but it is on the way back up.
The pool offers its services for a fee to outside groups such as day-care centers, and it gained a dozen or so members from Olympic.
said Northland and the Northwest Swim Club
at 1064 Bethel Rd. probably are the only two privately operated outdoor pools left in Columbus from the glory days.
As for how many there will be next year, Logan
can promise only that Northland "will be opening this summer."