Encinal Swim Center to reopen Friday
The Encinal Swim Center is set to reopen Friday after a three-month hiatus.
School district officials hastily closed the district-owned but city-managed Encinal and Emma Hood swim centers on October 15 after learning they didn’t comply with state and federal laws requiring the pools’ drains to be covered. Emma Hood reopened on November 1, but county inspectors said more work needed to be done before Encinal could do the same.
The district’s maintenance, operations and facilities chief, Robbie Lyng, said the work to reopen the pools cost $20,000.
County inspectors said they want the district to come up with a long-range plan to bring the pools up to code or shut them down. Lyng said the district should have a report outlining fixes the pools need and the cost to make them sometime in the next few weeks.
He said the school district and the city will set up a committee made up of community members to work out what fixes should be made to the pools and to help city and school district leaders figure out how to pay for those.
The swim center closures infuriated local swimmers, who were forced to find other venues to practice their sport with no notice.