GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Caine Halter Family YMCA in Greenville said the facility’s outdoor pool has been subject to extensive damage due to break-ins and vandalism.

The large inflatable cover that once covered the pool so that it could be used in the winter months is no longer usable. The bubble, when purchased, cost over $500,000, so replacing it now is not an option.

“This is now the second such incident in just over two weeks’ time,” YMCA Greenville CEO and President Scot Baddley said. “The first time it happened, not nearly as concerning. We were able to patch it up, make it work at least get us into the warmer weather. Unfortunately, what we see now is complete destruction of the dome.”

With over 6,000 members utilizing the facility, many who used the outdoor pool will now have to drive to Taylors or Simpsonville for programs they once had access to in Greenville. 

“Everything from swim lessons to water aerobics classes, lap swimmers, those training for a triathlon, or those looking to use low-impact exercise like swimming to better their health so anytime we close part of our y it’s disheartening,” Caine Halter Family YMCA District Executive Director Brian Vest said.

The YMCA was already in the process of raising $2,000,000 in capital funds to build a permanent structure for the outside pool. Now, they will have to escalate that campaign. 

“We are apologizing to our members for the inconvenience,” Vest said. “It is not ideal. They know we don’t want this to be the case. We are going to do everything we can to be creative and make the spaces work that we have. We have a beautiful facility here. There is lots to be done and lots to be enjoyed.”

The YMCA is asking for anyone with information about the vandalism to contact the YMCA and the City of Greenville Police Department. If you would like to help the YMCA with a donation, you can text BUBBLE to 91999.