Mountain Crest Swimming Pool is still being remodeled and is taking more time than originally thought.
Glade Smith, the pool manager, said they were hoping to have it open before now, but when they looked at the pool heating and ventilation system they found both needed some major renovation.
“It will probably the first of August before we are ready to go,” said Glade Smith. “Right now we are waiting on parts for the air handler and the boiler.”
”The air handler moves the air in and out, controlling the humidity,” Smith explained. “The new system is going to be more technically advanced. The controls will be a lot more automated, so the district employees can watch everything from the district office.”
This summer, construction workers at the pool have been be busy on several fronts. The swimming pool was re-plastered and some of the tile was replaced. Dressing rooms, bathrooms and lobby are all being refurbished. Cabinets and lights are being changed out and all of the walls painted.
“By the time we get done it will practically be a new facility,” Smith said. “It is going to be a little more high tech with more automated controls. It will be nice.”
The point is, the pool won’t open at all this summer. There will be no swimming lessons, but Smith is trying to keep all the lifeguards busy.
”I still have my lifeguards come into work,” he said. “I try to give them something to do.”
The swimming pool includes a six lane lap pool, depths ranging from 4 to 6 feet. There is one diving tank, with two diving boards and depths ranging from 7 to 13 feet.