Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2001

Miller Park pool opening postponed one week

May 24, 2001

De Soto residents can register for summer pool passes and enroll in swimming lessons this weekend despite a one-week delay in the pool's opening.

In April, it was discovered the deck at the Miller Park pool had deteriorated badly over the harsh winter. After a search for possible solutions, K&R Concrete was hired to replace the inner deck of the pool for $9,600.

City Administrator Gerald Cooper said work at the pool was delayed when the contractor attempted to remove the busted concrete from the deck. The rebar in the concrete kept puncturing the tires on the loader the contractor was using to remove the debris.

The contractor has since resumed work with a track loader, Cooper said. As of Tuesday, he had cleared the deck four foot around the pool. Cooper said it appears the pool will open the weekend of June 2.

The work might not have actually delayed the pool's opening, Cooper said. With this week's cooler weather, the city probably wouldn't have opened the pool this weekend.

Residents can register for pool memberships and swimming lessons at 10 a.m. Saturday at the De Soto Senior Center. De Soto parks and recreation director Jay Garvin said swimming lessons are $35. Family pool passes are $65, single pool passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children ages 4 through 12. .

Two weeks ago, Mayor David Anderson released a position paper stating the city needs a new swimming pool and suggesting further study on building at one of the possible locations, De Soto High School, behind the Community Center or at the present location.

At last Thursday's De Soto City Council meeting, Anderson told the council he wanted to start discussion next month about replacing the pool.

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