|Pool construction on schedule|
|Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor|
|Monday, 25 February 2013 10:32|
Construction at the BG City Pool and Water Park is on schedule for a June 1 opening.
"Things have gone remarkably well with construction thus far and work is on schedule for the May 17 completion date," Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore said last week. "This gives us a week to fill the pool and to train staff. I've been saying we should open June 1, which is the weekend after Memorial Day, and it looks like that date still holds."
The project is being financed by a 20-year, $3.8-million bond issue approved last March.
Grigore said the roof trusses for the filter building and the bath house were completed last week. Block walls for the filter building are complete and for the bath house are nearing completion. Next week she expects to see burnished stone installed around the base of the buildings "to add a finished look at the ground level."
Later the stone veneer on the front and back arches will be installed. The remainder of the exterior of the buildings will be covered with painted siding.
The stainless steel sides of the pools and the concrete bottom of the lap lane/diving well pool and slide pool are complete. Crews have been working on the slide foundations. Grigore said there is funding for only one slide at this time but foundations for a speed slide will be constructed so that one can be installed when money becomes available.
Workers are installing rebar in the bottom of the Lazy River in preparation for pouring the concrete when the weather warms. Grigore said five days of warm weather are needed after the pour for the concrete to cure. This week the plan is to install the Funbrella in the activity pool, the zero-entry pool closest to the bath house.
Grigore said pass sales won't start until April, when it can be confirmed that the project remains on schedule.
She said plans are to sell passes first to Bowling Green residents. The new facility will have a capacity of 750 patrons, roughly double that of the old pool. Based on discussions with other cities who have built similar facilities and experienced heavy use, Grigore is trying to make sure passes are not over sold.
She is also considering allowing season pass holders first entry at daily opening time, followed by single-admission users.
"It will be first-come first-served after the initial opening time each day," Grigore said. "If we reach 750 people, we will have to revert to one person leaving and one person coming into the facility. I'm guessing that would only happen on hot weekends, but we want to be prepared."
Grigore said the expanded operation will require two additional staff per shift. Additional operating hours are also planned, plus the parks and recreation department will operate the concession stand, instead of contracting it out.
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