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Pool being readied

By Staff | Jun 10, 2008

Good news was shared with the Estherville Parks and Recreation Board Monday when Dave Spurgin, P&R director, announced the swimming pool was in the process of being filled.

The pool deck project will be totally completed before the middle of this week.

Asked about the opening date. Spurgin said June 15 is still a possibility providing Estherville is granted a “good hot week!”

Last year, the pool opened the gates in the middle of June.

Spurgin said during the deck work, a significant leak was discovered which was draining into a newly discovered clay draining tile. Both were found during the excavation process.

“I expect to see significant less amount of water and chemical usage this year,” Spurgin said. The pool was losing water as fast as the hole would run.

The abandoned inlet with the leak was concreted shut and the clay drain was plugged.

It is estimated the pool was losing an inch of water daily. “We should have a warmer pool now too.”

The board received a swim team update. This year’s roster includes 26 swimmers and is being coached by Joe Woodward. The team began practice June 9 at the Regional Wellness Center. “They have been a very good partner,” Spurgin said.

The P&R department pays the RWC fee for those swim team members who are not RWC members.

More good news was shared in regard to the South 15th Trail. A three-quarter mile trail has been mapped out and will be mowed in the next two weeks.

P&R member Laurel Hash said she, John Wittneben, Roger Hash and Spurgin recently walked the trail. The P&R department will be in charge of the mowing of the phase one section of the trails project. Those interested in using the trail can keep an eye out for mowing completion or the call the office at 362-3575.

On a negative note, Spurgin said the restroom facilities at the South 15th Street site have been hit by vandals three times. The most recent destruction was discovered the morning of June 9.

In other action, the board approved the request from the Sweet Corn Days committee to use Library Square for festivities slated Aug. 1-3 as well as the use of picnic tables on those date.

The board said it is up to the committee to transport the tables before and after the event.

Acting chairman Gary Phillips requested a table be secured for the Corny Carp Contest near the Swinging Bridge. The board OK’d this request also.