YORKTOWN, N.Y. A yellow ribbon was cut with help from some Yorktown students and administrators Tuesday to signify the grand opening of the Mildred E. Strang Middle School pool.
The opening of the pool, which had been closed for renovations for the past three years, was welcomed by the Yorktown swim teams that used Lakelands facilities during the construction.
Its better when you have a home pool where you can have your meets, said eighth-grader Kristen Andreozzi.
Her sister Danielle, a sophomore, said having home meets at home "just feels different."
The construction on the pool was part of a $37 million bond project that included improvements throughout all the schools in Yorktown over a period of six years, explained Dennis Verboys, director of facilities. Verboys said the pool was built at the same time as the middle school in 1969 and its second major renovation was completed this summer.
The pool has new doors, tile treatments, lights and acoustical boards. Improvements were also made to the tiling and benches. Changes to the fan room included a new dehumidifier system and other additions included an electronic chemical system and sanitizer.
The new lighting and general upheaval in aesthetics was noticed by the faculty and students.
All the students are so excited for a home pool, said swim coach Caitlin Voege. Its better when they can swim in the pool for the school they go to. It brings so much more spirit to all the home games.
Marly Becker, a junior, said knowing the school put effort into revamping the pool gave her some extra school spirit.
Its not as gray anymore. It's so much brighter and nicer, she said. Its a lot easier to take pride in your home pool when its made to look this nice.
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