MINNEAPOLIS - The city of Minneapolis is going green with a revolutionary new swimming pool, but the Webber Park Pool will not open as planned next month.
Instead, swimmers will have to wait until next year.
"Construction wasn't able to start as early as we wanted it to," said project manager Cliff Swenson.
Record cold this winter coupled with record rain this spring led to delays for Minneapolis's newest public pool.
The wait might be longer, but Swenson said that it will be worth it.
"Even though it will look very much like a pool, the water quality is like a lake," he said. 'It's supposed to, we're intending to give this atmosphere of going to your pond or your lake for a swim."
Gone are the chemicals. The filtration system will be all natural.
Water will be pumped into two holding stations and back up into the pond. This will resemble a marshland with natural vegetation and will provide a filtration system back into the swimming pool.
The design is successfully operating across Europe. The project in north Minneapolis could become a model for similar projects in the U.S.
"It will be a pretty cool site, pretty cool pool to use," Swenson said.
The adjusted plan is to open the pool next June.
A public meeting was held at the Webber Park Rec Center on Monday night to update residents.