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Diving Boards To Be Installed at Christopher Morley

Defunct three-tier

diving platform remains

The Nassau County Department of Public Works is poised to install new diving boards at Christopher Morley Park, but the county is not ready to take the plunge with regard to the multi-tiered diving platform.

Up until this summer, Morley’s diving pool had two operable diving boards, one high and one low. “Right now there is only one [diving board] that is being used,” said a pool official who requested anonymity. “There used to be two [but] they removed the high board. We ordered new ones, they just haven’t been installed yet.”

Installation has been delayed due to a lag in delivery of necessary equipment. “Delivery of much of the materials has taken longer than expected … Additional materials are expected to be delivered,” said Michael Martino, press secretary, Nassau County Department of Public Works. At press time, concrete work was scheduled to commence: “Anticipated timeframe [for installation] is about seven days, weather permitting,” he said.

The new board will be a low board similar to the other existing board. “The high diving board is not going back up,” Martino said. “We’re investigating the installation of a [replacement] high diving board.” In the meantime, however, it appears that two new low boards will be installed.

As for the inoperable three-tier diving platform in the diving pool, “It’s a much different animal,” Martino said.

The structure is covered in rust and has not been used for at least 20 years, according to the pool official. While aesthetically unappealing, the platform does not present a safety hazard. “The ladders are taken out, you can’t even get up onto them,” the official said. “As far as I know, there is no plan in place [to repair or replace them].”

Conversely, Martino said that “the county is investigating to see if it’s going to be a feasible project … They have to look at the entire situation to see if that diving [platform] is even appropriate for that location at this point.”

While plans for removal or repair of the platform are not officially on hold, “don’t expect that to be built in the next week,” Martino said. “It’s a bigger study in looking into that platform, but most important they just want to get that diving board in for the people. Now that the equipment is being delivered, we can move quickly.”

If all goes according to plan, it appears Christopher Morley pool-goers will end the season with a big splash.