Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Homestead Aquatics Center Is Now Open
Good news! The leak in the Homestead Aquatics Center pool has been found and repaired; the pool has been filled, heated, and regulated; and the pool is scheduled to reopen in less than two weeks!
“We want to thank the community for its patience during the repair,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr. “We’d also like to say a special thank you to the community partners that allowed special use in their facilities during our closure: Hollow Rock, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA, the Orange County Sportsplex, and the Bowman Gray Memorial Pool on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. We understand some of you had to change your routine during this time, and we appreciate your flexibility.”
The Orange County Health Department has given tentative approval to reopen the Aquatics Center, pending a full inspection. This type of inspection is regularly done twice a year. With final approval from the health department, the Aquatics Center will open at 5:30 a.m. Monday, April 17, and continue on a regular schedule. Pool schedules can be found at townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/parks-recreation/aquatics.
The Parks and Recreation Department expects an approval from the final inspection. If a delay is presented, a new opening date will be announced by the Town of Chapel Hill.
Things May Look A Little Different
Due to the location of the leak, additional work is required to fill the access point, which is located under a portion of the pool deck. The contractor that will perform the work isn’t available until eight weeks from now.
In the meantime, a wall has been constructed to separate public access from the repair site. That wall has been approved by the health department and will remain in place until the repair access point has been completed.
For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr at 919-968-2785 or email@example.com.