Owing to what the Village of Fox Point website calls, "irreparable mechanical problems with facility plumbing," the popular Fox Point Municipal Pool will not open this year and may be closed indefinitely.
The village website made the announcement in a post on Tuesday, writing, "DPW staff has been working diligently since before January to get the pool to an operational state, but it is unfortunately no longer possible.
"Very recently it became apparent that due to the age of the facility, staff and contracted services were no longer able to find replacement parts that are crucial to managing the mechanics of the facility as the required parts are no longer fabricated."
Those who bought memberships and paid for swimming lessons at to the pool at 7040-7098 N. Santa Monica Blvd. will have their money refunded, the site noted, as will folks who had reservations.
"Thank you for your understanding in this matter," reads the statement. "This news not a message that Village Staff want to deliver, but the pool in its current state is not operational."
We have reached out to New Barons Brewing Coop, which says that for now it plans to continue its beer garden at the site. Details on that venue can be found in our 2023 Beer Garden Guide.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.