Yesterday, March 16, the University of Tennessee permanently closed the swimming pool located inside the Elam Center.
The decreasing usage by Martin and UTM community, along side the cost of repairs and renovations has lead to the final decisions made by the University, reported by Dr. Andy Lewter, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.
Current plans call for the pool space to be converted into an indoor recreational place. The area will help create more opportunities for athletic practices and intramural events. Overall, the goal is to inspire more student involvement to inspire school spirit in the community.
No action has been called to construct a new pool, as Lewter says funding and work are yet to be available. The destruction of the pool has no time set.
The Elam Center was constructed in 1976, and the once-beloved pool was last renovated in 2004.