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Councilmember Mary Cheh says the Wilson Aquatic Center hasn’t been doing its share of keeping the city cool during the summer.

In a letter yesterday to fellow Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie and Marion Barry, Cheh lists the many problems with the pool, reopened in 2009 after a $35 million renovation. It’s closed on the hottest days of the summer because of air conditioning problems, according to Cheh, and incorrect chemical mixes have also forced closures. Swimmers who go to the pool when it is open are victimized by locker thieves, Cheh writes.

“Why is a pool that isn’t old—-that cost $35 million to construct—-not working appropriately?” Cheh spokesman Devin Ward says.

Cheh wants McDuffie and Barry, whose committees have responsibility for the Department of General Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation respectively, to schedule a hearing on the pool this fall. DGS and DPR haven’t responded to LL’s questions about the state of the pool.

Cheh struck a harsher tone last week in a letter to Mayor Vince Gray about Wilson and air conditioning problems at the Tenley-Friendship Library. “Irrespective of the cause of the problems, the situation is unacceptable,” Cheh wrote. “And the response has been unacceptable. And the communication to the public has been completely inadequate.”

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