Aging Colonies swimming pool, clubhouse may close

Board reports Colonies Pool has fewer dues-paying members

SAN ANTONIO - Built more than 50 years ago along with the large homes nearby, the Colonies Pool and Tennis Club is said to be fighting for financial survival.

“Absolutely, that’s the bottom line,” said Raul Perales, the board’s president. “It’s a very real possibility this facility may close.”

Perales said as the area has grown older, membership has dwindled with fewer residents willing to pay $275 yearly for a family membership or $150 for individuals and seniors.

He said memberships are the facility’s primary source of revenue, although its clubhouse can rented for special events.

Located not far from Interstate 10 and Wurzbach on Colony Drive, the pool and clubhouse also are showing their age.

Perales said, “We’ve been hit with a lot of expenses that came due because things that needed to be replaced over time, there was no more waiting.”

He said those included both pumps for the swimming pool as well as needed  air-conditioning and heating repairs for its clubhouse.

On top of all that, Perales said the board is trying to clear up a $10,000 bill from the Internal Revenue Service.

However, he said it appears that five years of employee taxes were paid by a prior board.

“So, hopefully, that’s not a problem,” Perales said.

He said if the board is found not to be liable, then the entire $20,000 they hope to raise over the next several months, will be devoted to saving a source of pride for the community.

“We’re not short of ideas. We’re short of helping hands and money,” Perales said.

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