Weather key to BG pool opening on June 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN/Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:54
File photo. Pool capacity is 750 people, about double the former operation. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Weather has become the critical element in the planned June 1 opening of the new aquatic complex at Bowling Green City Park.
“We’ll know by mid-April where we stand,” Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore told the city’s Parks and Recreation Board Tuesday night. “The contractor on the pool portion of the project is a little behind schedule but they tell us they can catch up.”
The key is getting weather warm enough to pour concrete, especially for the lazy river and the floor of the recreational pool.
Grigore said the bathhouse and the filter building are closed in and workers are busy inside. “There’s a lot of finish work going on inside that people won’t be able to see. Overall we have been pleased with the contractors,” she said.
Grigore said City Engineer Troy Sonner has been keeping an eye on the project, “raising technical issues and helping us out.”
To open June 1, Grigore said the city needs to get possession of the site by the middle of May so that the pool can be filled and staff trained on its operation.
Season passes will go on sale to city residents on April 20 and to non residents on May 18. Prices will be the same as last season. “At the end of the season we will look at how things went and decide if we need to make adjustments,” Grigore said.
Those buying season passes will be asked to sign a notice that the pool opening date may be delayed and that no refund will be available for a shortened season due to construction delays.
The pool will open daily at  noon to pass holders. Day passes will go on sale an hour later. Pool capacity is 750 people, about double the former operation. Closing time is 8:45 p.m. or dusk
Grigore said a “very short” program is being planned for opening day “and then we’ll get out of the way and open the gate.”
The $4 million project was approved by BG voters at the March 2012 primary. Construction began last fall following demolition of the old complex. The bond issue runs for 20 years.
The board also:
• Learned the remodeled Needle Hall in City Park will be dedicated at 6 p.m. June 9 immediately before a concert by the Bowling Green Area Community Band.
• Heard the Kawashima Peace Garden at Simpson Garden Park will be dedicated at 2 p.m. June 30.
• Approved a fee of $25 for residents and $35 for non residents for the Family and Friends Nature Hike program.
• Received a brochure about the Parks and Recreation renewal levy on the May 7 primary ballot. The 1.4 mill levy will generate the same $634,131 annually and runs the next three years. The levy provides one-third of the budget.
•  Was reminded March is membership month for the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation. The foundation’s annual membership meeting is May 4.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:59

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