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City Slow To Fix Public Pool Hazards, Audit Finds

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Trip hazards, moldy locker rooms and high chlorine levels are just a few of the problems at the city’s public pools, according to a new audit by City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu.

In surprise visits at 39 pools last summer, auditors documented 54 separate problems, including an unsecured gate leading to an empty, abandoned pool.

At another pool, protruding metal rods on the poolside deck were covered in duct tape.

When auditors returned last month, many of the problems were still unrepaired.

They include a missing latch on the gate to a children’s wading pool, something that had caused the Health Department to issue repeated violations.

In response to the audit, the Parks Department noted many of its pools are massive facilities more than 75 years old, and says it completed 2,800 work orders last year.

In a statement, the agency said, "While we continue to improve our administrative oversight of inspections and repairs, our pools remain safe, open and welcoming resources that New Yorkers continue to enjoy." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP