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Vandals caused $600,000 worth of damage to the SC YMCA pool. The institution is seeking donations to open

 

About two weeks ago, someone punched an L-shaped hole in the bubble top of the outdoor pool at the main branch of the YMCA in Greenville.

Sometime last weekend someone came back to finish the job.

Officials say cuts 10 to 12 feet long were made in the canvas, causing it to collapse and collapse.

YMCA President Scot Buddley said the replacement would cost $600,000 and take at least several months to manufacture and install. The pool, located at the Caine Halter Greenville YMCA branch, will be closed until then.

“When you do this to Y, you hurt the kids. You are hurting families. You are hurting people who need therapy,” Buddley told WYFF.

He said it was the worst act of vandalism at any of the five Y properties in Greenville County.

Sergeant Jonathan Bragg of the Greenville Police Department said they had no suspects and no surveillance video.

According to Bragg, the first incident on January 7 also involved damage to furniture. The police report states that all trash cans, garden furniture and two timepieces were thrown into the pool.

Y managed to patch up the hole and leave the pool open.

The police report said the YMCA suspected people were in the pool after hours in October and November, but no damage was done to the bubble cover.

The YMCA branch has an indoor pool as well as pools at other branches. Approximately 200 people a week use the Caine Halter outdoor pool, especially for swimming and fitness classes.

“Lack of access to an outdoor pool during the winter months could potentially impact membership,” Y said in a statement to The State.

Y collects money for a replacement.

“YMCA doesn’t have an insurance company decision on how much they can expect to help fund a replacement,” Y said.

Before the bubble was busted, Y planned to install a $2 million permanent retractable Dyna Dome system.

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