Everybody into the pool!
After a more than two-month closure, swimmers returned to the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District pool this week to resume classes, meets and swims.
“It feels new to me,” the recreation district’s executive director of the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District Skyler Archibald said Friday.
The project, launched in October, was originally intended for opening Dec. 4, but a delay in delivery of the sand filtration system pushed that back a week.
The largest portion of the project, resurfacing, was performed by a contractor over a six-week period at a cost of about $80,000, Archibald said. The pool was repainted, LED lighting installed in the pool and outside of it, and improvements in the men’s locker room added to the renovation. A new boiler system was installed to reduce heating costs, and push-button showers installed to conserve water. In the lobby, a new floor was installed, along with fresh coats of paint and lighting.
While temps started on the cold side Monday — between 60 and 70 degrees because of boiler issues — by late Tuesday those had been resolved.
At week’s end, swimmers enjoyed activities in the learner pool while regulars logged laps in the main pool.
The main pool now stands at about 81 degrees, the learner pool at 91 degrees, and the spa exceeds 100 degrees.
Some patrons were upset by the closure, but after, the reaction has been “overwhelmingly positive,”Darren Gooch, marketing and IT manager for the recreation district said. “Everything looks fresh, I hear that constantly.”