The Clatskanie Pool, which is open during the summer season, has been closed all this year in order to repair a leak, as The Chief previously reported.
Scheduled to re-open on July 4 in order to offer the pool’s annual free swim, the pool had to remain closed until July 9, when it officially re-opened for the summer 2019 season, according to pool officials.
Below is a conversation with the Clatskanie Park and Recreation District’s Park Operations Manager, Cyndi Warren about the pool and possible future repairs.
The Chief: Were you able to open the pool in time for your free swim on July 4?
Warren: No, it did not reopen. There was no free swim. We were disappointed that we weren’t able to do that this year, but we got it up and running.
The Chief: Why the delay?
Warren: The contractors were trying to do a 10-day job in five days for us. Then we had to get the tiles in and the pool filled. Once you get it filled with water, it takes about four days to get the temperature where you need it and get the chemicals balanced. It’s also really important to our pool manager that she do an on-site, facility-specific training for our lifeguards, especially with our new lifeguards. So in order to get the pool heated, the chemicals balanced, and life guards trained to our specifications, we had to wait until [July 9].
The Chief: Did the repairs reveal any additional problems?
Warren: I think you find with any 60-year-old facility, more issues pop up. Or you were expecting more issues to pop up, but you didn’t know what to expect. We’re going to have to look at resurfacing the pool at the end of this season. The lighting system in the pool is going to have to be replaced as well. We’re going to have to work on how we’re going to fund all that. We’ll get that done before next season starts.
The Chief: You mentioned before about upgrading how the wading pool’s water is filtered. Is that being done now?
Warren: Yes, the wading pool is closed. It had to be because we were grandfathered in, we were all on one water filtration system. The contractors were coming in to update the plumbing underneath the pool. In order to get our pool up and running this summer, they had to cap off the wading pool, the baby pool. We’ll be looking at upgrading before the summer of next year.
The Chief: How much did this project that you just completed cost?
Warren: We have not been billed yet. The proposal we were getting was $83,000 but we haven’t received a final bill yet.
The Chief: Do you have an estimate for the project cost for future repairs?
Warren: No idea at this point, but once we have our board meeting, we’ll start going out for the bid process. When we had the pool resurfaced ten years ago, it was $65,000 just for the pool resurfacing.
The Chief: When will be the final day that the pool is open this season?
Warren: We usually don’t determine that until farther into September. We’ll try to stretch it out this year, we’ll try to stretch it out as long as we can, but we won’t make the final decision on the closing date until we’re into September. It depends on a lot of factors, like the availability of life guards as they head back to school. Usually we close after Labor Day.
The Chief: Is there anything else you would like to say about the pool repairs?
Warren: Having the fire department come in and fill the pool was amazing, different entities showing support for their community is huge. We had 21 lifeguards who stuck with us. They basically lost a month of wages. There were a lot of tough days. Kids couldn’t come in and do their lessons. I’m super proud of all of them, the guards and our managers.