Pauls Valley Democrat
The anticipation built from waiting for Pauls Valley’s outdoor aquatic center to open is understandably on the increase as the days of summer tick away.
However, it looks as if the wait is finally coming to an end as the project has entered the finishing touches phase and according to City Manager James Frizell is only a matter of weeks from becoming reality.
Subject to more than one delay as it has moved along, the goal is to try and have the first paying customers through the gate no later than July 24 as some of the final testing on the system running the water is currently underway.
“It’ll be open for sure by the end of the month,” said Frizell. “We’ll not get as much as we thought we would, but we should still get about five weeks of swimming.”
The biggest step in the project remaining is applying the finish to the bottom of the pool, which will be given the go-ahead once everything to do with the plumbing and pumps is shown to be fully functional, said Frizell.
Delays from the time construction start have included getting in all the necessary equipment and no less than three weeks alone for the health department to approve backwash from the pool going straight into the sewer line.
“It is the smaller stuff other than that,” said Frizell, noting how there aren’t many things remaining as even canopies for shade are now in place.
“Pools have to circulate before they will apply the Diamond Bright.”
In any case, those like Frizell also count themselves among more than ready for it to be open and expect there to be no lack of people lining up as the hottest part of the summer is still ahead.
As for the park itself, which includes a large swimming pool, a lazy river ride, open and closed water slides, a bowl slide and a lap and dive pool; it will have a capacity of 400 visitors.
Recommended fees for park visitors are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for youth ages 4 to 14. Children 3 and under are free.
The park will use punch card passes this year and possibly move to regular season passes in 2014, and it will not be included this year in existing recreation center memberships.
“I think it’s going to be full once it opens,” said Frizell. “We are ready for it to be open.”