ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Today would be the perfect day to sit poolside but unfortunately for a second summer people who usually go to Sand Park pool can't.
The limited access to the property is an unfortunate thing but it's in the best interest for the public’s safety,” said Rockford Park District Superintendent of Operations Dan Jacobson.
Jacobson says he spent lots of his time at Sand Park as a kid.
"I use to sled on that hill and enjoy it and my kids did as well so it's tough to drive by there and see it not being accessible anymore," Jacobson said.
Sand Park closed because of mandated clean- up work required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
"We broke the project up into five phases. We have completed the first two which has resulted in all the work being done on the East side of Heart Boulevard,” Jacobson said.
This summer’s project focuses on tearing down the parking lot that was previously in this spot and building a much larger one.
"We are currently completing plans for phase four," Jacobson said.
Which is the last phase before the pool re-opens until then the YMCA will host four sessions of swim lessons at the Harlem Middle School pool for a second year.
"A lot of those children for our understanding would walk to Sand Park so coming downtown to our facility here or out to our Loves park facility wasn't as feasible for them,” said Jamie Lowery, Aquatic Director at the Rock River Valley YMCA.
Last year more than 160 kids participated in the swim classes.
"Providing that education and giving them an opportunity to build not only lifesaving skills but life skills that can serve them in terms of promoting healthy living," Lowery said.
The Sand Park Pool is set to re-open next summer. Unfortunately, the sled hill is closed permanently.