Westside Pool Closure for Planned Improvements to the Dive Tower


H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool will be closed for scheduled maintenance and improvements on the dive tower from Monday, February 11 through Friday, February 15. Due to safety considerations, the pool must also be closed during this work. If there is any delay in work, the pool closure may be extended into the weekend of Feb. 16-17.

The  project is scheduled to begin February 11, and is targeted to be completed by March 15. Sandblasting of the dive tower is the first step of the renovation, and the pool will only be closed during this process. During the remaining weeks of the project, the pool will be open to the public; however, there may be periods when the dive tower and slide that is connected to the tower, may be closed for brief periods of time as work continues. The goal is to minimize interruptions to pool operations as much as possible.

H. Spurgeon Cherry Pool is a very well-known and unique pool, in that it is the only public pool in north central Florida with a dive tower. Dive teams come from all over central and north Florida to Gainesville to practice on the tower. The Gator Dive Club, based in Gainesville, and the University of Florida Dive Team, also utilize the tower for dive practices.

This project is funded through capital improvement funds in the amount of $47,250 for dedicated improvements to the pool.

For more information, please contact Billy Marcantel, Recreation Manager, at 352-393-8526, or email him at  Direct media inquiries to Chip Skinner, public information officer at (352) 393-7842 or