An effort to provide town youth with a recreational facility is close to fruition.
Mayor Frank Schaff is optimistic the city pool will be open by Memorial Day weekend, while an adjoining splash pad will be open before school is out. The swimming pool was leased from the school for $1 a year last year, and the city has done its part, investing $130,000 in the venture.
“The swimming pool has gotten a complete facelift,” Schaff said. “About a year and a half ago, the school was going to cave the pool, and there is nothing for kids to do here anyway. I got with the city council and they agreed to lease the pool.”
The city will carry insurance on the pool as well as provide lifeguards. Schaff said the city currently has two lifeguards, and will add more to its work staff in an effort to provide a lifeguard for every 10 visitors to the pool.
Since signing the lease, the city has added new paint and new tiles, while improving the walkways. Roofs on the buildings at the pool have been replaced and are being painted, along with new electrical fixtures, filters and motors being replaced. An 8-foot-tall fence has also been placed around the pool, which holds 100,000 gallons of water and is 35 to 40 feet wide and 100 feet long.
Once open, the tentative hours for the swimming pool are 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission to the pool will be $3, with punch passes available as well as a season pass for $75. The splash pad will be open longer hours, Schaff said.