Repairs to the West Plains Aquatic Center continue this summer, which City of West Plains officials expect will give the 20-year-old complex renewed life and a badly-needed facelift in time for the 2020 swim season.
The City, which was forced to close the complex this summer thanks to a recurring issue of black algae, has invested in a significant renovation that includes a redesigned pump house, replacement of faulty, old and dangerous filtration equipment, and sandblasting/painting both pools in the facility.
That work, which is being done by Pruett’s Pool & Supply of West Plains, turned out to be far more extensive than originally thought. However, Parks Director Mike Davis said that despite extra work that needed to be done – including sandblasting/painting one additional pool – the estimated timeframe for completion is August 3.
Davis said after all the work is completed, both pools will be filled and all the equipment thoroughly tested before the Parks Department winterizes the complex in preparation for next year’s swim season.
“We realize this has been an inconvenience for so many people who enjoy our pools, but safety is our number one priority, and this is the only way we can provide a safe environment for our swimmers, lifeguards, employees, and all our guests to the Aquatic Center,” said Davis.
West Plains first added a community pool in its current location in 1930. The pool was rebuilt in 1952, and a pump was added in 1968. The complex was renovated in the late 1990s and was closed for two years during that process, which also marks the last time extensive renovations were done.