January 15, 2009 in Washington Voices

Weather slows pool projects

Much time spent clearing snow, runoff
By The Spokesman-Review

The parks improvement bond

The $42.9 million bond passed in 2007, making it possible to replace the city’s five outdoor swimming pools and build a new outdoor pool at Shadle Park. Spray pads are scheduled to replace neighborhood wading pools, and the bond also provided funding for the first phase of a new sports complex at Joe Albi Stadium and Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. The new complex will eventually include softball and soccer fields, a skateboard park, a BMX bike course, play equipment and better parking and trail facilities.

Part of the funding for the Albi-Merkel Complex comes from sale of park property that voters approved in 1999, and from which $4 million is still held in reserve.

Source: Spokane Parks and Recreation

In late November, the city’s pool overhaul was a little bit ahead of schedule because of the balmy fall weather. Then winter hit.

Construction crews spent a huge amount of time clearing snow and runoff from the fast melt, yet despite their efforts all six pool projects are behind schedule.

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department issued this update on the pool construction earlier this week:

Shadle Pool. Crews are ready to install rebar and restart forming the pool from the base slab this week.

A.M. Cannon Pool. Crews have installed the foundation for the new building.

Comstock. Crews are working on clearing access to the mechanical building so they can bring in equipment needed to continue the project.

Hillyard. Crews have put in the foundation for the building expansion and installed warming blankets to keep the temperature stable and the site dry.

Liberty. Crews are clearing snow and have installed warming blankets here, too.

Witter. Crews are clearing snow and installing warming blankets to protect the new construction.

Pool piping, plumbing and surge tank work is also under way at Shadle, A.M. Cannon and Hillyard pools.

According to the statement from Spokane Parks and Recreation Department measures to get back on schedule will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. The plan is for all six pools to be open by the end of July.

Reach Pia Hallenberg Christensen at 459-5427 or piah@spokesman.com

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