Unique Therapy Pool In Danger Of Closing

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Unique Therapy Pool In Danger Of Closing

CREATED Apr 8, 2014

by Chris Conte

GREEN HILLS, Tenn. - A special warm water therapy pool in Green Hills that services severely injured residents and the elderly is in danger of closing, as the building is about to be sold.

The Green Hills Senior Center went up for sale last year --  inside the fitness complex is a unique therapy pool that is constantly kept at a temperature of nearly 90 degrees.

"People don't understand the difference between air temperature and water temperature. They think 82 degrees must be warm because they're thinking air temperature but for water it's not warm at all," explained Nancy Harrison who used to work for the senior center.

Harrison said most indoor pools in Nashville are kept around 84 degrees for lap swimmers but the warmer water in this therapy pool allows for better results for anyone using it for physical therapy purposes.

"A lot of people said this was the only place besides church they ever went," she added.

Titans surgeon Burton Elrod is reportedly looking at buying the facility and Harrison said he plans to fill the pool in with cement.

"We really don't care who buys it we just want to keep the pool open," she said.

Those who rely on the therapy pool for physical therapy said since it has been closed off to members, they have no place else in the city to turn.

"When I first got here I was carried into the pool and now after a year of hard work in this pool I can walk into the pool," explained Tom Klages who was injured in a construction accident in 2012.

"It's just breaking my heart that it's not going to be here," he said looking at the pool.

NewsChannel 5 was unable to reach Burton Elrod for comment about the sale. 

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