By Carol Meyer
Summer has just ended, but the South Shore Country Club management team is already looking toward next year.
A recent safety engineering report indicates that the pool and a portion of the maintenance facility underneath it are in such bad shape that they will need to be taken out of operation indefinitely is the word.
"Hingham will most likely be unable to open the town's only public pool next summer, with our maintenance facility also being compromised," Country Club Management Committee Chairman Christine Smith said. "As the safety of our employees and children is paramount, we need to find a solution quickly and thoughtfully."
Extensive testing has been done every year prior to opening the pool for the new summer season to ensure it was safe.
The pool, which is managed by Hingham Rec, is used by families and individuals, swim teams, and for numerous sports camps.
The Country Club Management Committee is requesting Community Preservation Act funding to pay for part of the planned new pool project, and a fundraising effort is underway by the Friends of South Shore Country Club.
The pool has been integral to the Club’s success "and is the only public pool where our children can learn to swim. In a town that is situated on the water, this is very important for our young families," said Friends President Warren Pelissier.
To make a donation, visit friendsofsscc.org
Do you and your family use the SSCC pool? If so, where would you go to swim and enjoy other water activities if the pool doesn't re-open next summer?