PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR)–With new renovations already begun at the Pulaski YMCA, Interim CEO Chris Ayers says they are temporarily shutting down their pool to further grow the facility.

Ayers says the decision needed to be made because financially it was too expensive to leave open, especially when they are working on bringing in new members, and revamping the entire facility.

“It’s a facelift. This Y is 50 years old. It probably has not had much done to it in the last 20 to 25 years, and if you walk into the facility, it’s the first thing you see. It’s like ugh — it’s an old YMCA. This facelift is going to put a new face on it,” said Ayers.

Ayers adds that on top of the financial burden the facility was also experiencing the effects of the national lifeguard shortage.

He says they were down to five lifeguards — which is too much of a liability — and this is the best path forward for the facility.

“Swimming pools in YMCA’s across the country are the most expensive operation you can do in a facility,” said Ayers.

The Interim CEO says the goal is to grow the membership while cutting costs and wants to reassure people that the pool will be opened again.

He says the pool is an asset to the community, as various local groups and organizations use it. They are putting together a board panel to figure out the best ways to find helpful resources to keep the pool going.