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March 17, 2011 7:19 am

EDITORIAL: Aquatic center successful in its first year

Written by Don Amend

Ten months ago, the new Powell Aquatic Center opened to the public, and so far, it has been a success.

Almost any time one visits the pool, he will find people learning to swim, swimming for fitness, practicing for competition or simply having fun in the water.

More than 25,000 swimmers have entered the water during the past 10 months, and more than 700 annual memberships have been sold — 70 percent more than were estimated when the city set the budget for this year.

Among those swimmers are, not only those who make lap swimming a regular part of their fitness routine and USA and school swimmers preparing for competition, but many who might not have used the old pool, which was primarily a competition pool.

Families with young children are enjoying the zero-entry recreational pool, and adults, including senior citizens, have found that walking against the current in the continuous river feature provides a healthy, low impact workout.

There have been some problems with the facility, but that’s normal for any new building. We have reported on the failure of a pump that closed the recreational pool for a few days, and peeling surface in both pools has been an issue.

Most of those problems are covered by warranty, however, and the city will not sign off and take full possession of the pool until all the problems have been corrected.

The pool closed this week for regular maintenance, and will remain closed for about a month while the peeling surface is corrected. In addition, the pool will be improved with the installation of a system that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect the water. The new system will reduce the amount of chlorine needed to treat the water, making the water more pleasant.

The opening of the aquatic center last May was the end of a long and difficult campaign, full of controversy and with many bumps in the road, but in the light of the pool’s success, we believe the result was well worth the effort.

We anticipate that, with continued proper management and promotion, it will be an asset to Powell for many years.

5 comments

  • Comment Link March 17, 2011 10:40 am posted by clipstein

    lets get at the truth here... 700 members at 175 is 122,500 so that means the budget is short roughly 900,000 thousand... plus how much more was put into it.... from what i hear the pool is a disaster.... from the 7 it was suppose to cost to over 14 mil...... but we have to have nepotism and friends........ at taxpayers expense... what is the definition of corruption????

  • Comment Link March 17, 2011 1:11 pm posted by swimfan

    "There have been some problems with the facility, but that’s normal for any new building. We have reported on the failure of a pump that closed the recreational pool for a few days, and peeling surface in both pools has been an issue."

    Exactly. The pool is not a disaster but rather a welcome, by many, addition to available amenities and activities in the town of Powell.

    Just keep swimming.

  • Comment Link March 19, 2011 6:02 pm posted by TB

    "There have been some problems with the facility, but that’s normal for any new building". Perhaps the contractor should have done a better job of quality control.Perhaps Powell should have done a better job of hiring contractors.Perhaps this white elephant will cost..and cost..and cost, like a lemmon car.What's in your wallet? Mines empty from all this tax & spend thats going on anymore.

  • Comment Link April 04, 2011 8:17 pm posted by ML

    Clipstein, you say 'from what I hear the pool is a disaster'. You haven't even been to the pool to find out? Do you even live in Powell? It's quite nice, and has the approval of my family. the chipping and a pump failure are normal and warrantied, so those are minor issues. Overall it is quite nice and it's good to see it's getting lots of use. Before people continue to feel negatively about the pool they should get down there and try it out, it's nice!

  • Comment Link April 05, 2011 4:47 pm posted by clipstein

    Ml think you had better check again...... they do not know when the pool is going to open and what you call normal on the pumps......... you had better ask about grease and seals...if the concrete had been allowed to cure the way it should have and not the short cuts the pealing would not be happening. and right now it they do not allow the concrete to dry the same is going to happen...... don't forget on the cost of the pool about all the money that has gone to billings because of it.... the orginal 7 million was one thing..... admit what has happened was a mistake..... just ask josh..... delusions and greed,.

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