Too much water causing pool delay
It's looking like there might be more water outside the city's swimming pool than in it during the next couple of weeks.
Needed repairs coupled with this month's wet weather have pushed back the opening of the municipal pool, traditionally a Memorial Day weekend event. With luck, the pool could open in mid-June, said Eudora Parks and Recreation Director Bobby Arnold.
Initially Arnold wanted to offer free swimming days this weekend to promote the pool and its programs. With the delay, Arnold said a free swim looked unlikely. The delay also means swimming lesson sessions will be pushed back.
As of Wednesday, Arnold said workers were ready to begin painting and hoped to get started in the next day or so. Painting will require a primer coat, three coats of paint, and a covering on top of that, all of which need about two days to cure. And that's with no rain.
"You might see us with a big tent over the darn thing," he said jokingly. "It's never easy this time of year."
The five coats were necessary because workers stripped the pool down to the concrete and built the structure back to where it needed to be, Arnold said. Workers needed to grind down hard spots on the concrete, too.
At a rate that wouldn't make neighbors grumble about low water pressure, Arnold said filling the pool would take about two days. After that, he said it would take another two days to get the water ready for swimmers.
When the pool opens, it will be open from 12:30 to 8 p.m. daily.
"With having a small pool like that, you can't spread it out and have a spot separated for swimming lessons and have people free swim," Arnold said.
Even with the season startling later, Arnold said the pool would likely close Sept. 1 as scheduled. As pool workers returned to school, Arnold said it was difficult to keep the pool staffed, maybe meaning the facility would be open during after-school hours only.