March 20, 2010


City to study repairs needed at Wickwire Pool

Engineering study will examine condition of 64-year-old pool, determine best method of repair

WickwireBob Ellis/staff photographer
The city is considering whether to open Wickwire Pool in Suggett Park this summer after years of deterioration.

Staff Reporter

City officials plan to order an engineering study soon to determine whether Wickwire Pool at Suggett Park will be open this summer.
New cracks develop in the 64-year old pool every year, said city Youth Bureau Director John McNerney. This year McNerney has determined that an engineering study needs to be completed to address the continued decline of the pool’s structure.
“It’s progressively gotten worse,” McNerney said. “The wall structure, I think, is starting to show its age, and the bottom of the pool is starting to show its age, so repairs need to be made.”
McNerney said he has been in contact with three engineering firms about conducting a study to determine what kinds of repairs are needed at the pool and how much they will cost.
McNerney said his department is accepting applications for lifeguards and staff, and planning under the assumption that the pool will be open.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it will be open this summer,” McNerney said.
Small tiles comprise the surface inside the pool. McNerney said that every year the city has to repair cracks in the tiles during spring.
He said that one engineering company has submitted a proposal, and that he is waiting for two or three other companies to submit proposals.
McNerney said he and city Department of Public Works Director Chris Bistocchi will review the proposals and consider the cost estimates and reputations of the companies.
McNerney said he does not how much the studies will cost. He said the extent of the damage will determine whether the Department of Public Works can make the repairs or a private contractor needs to be hired.
“We’ll only know if we can fix it when the study’s complete,” Bistocchi said.
McNerney said he would like to see a complete renovation of the pool.
“When will it be completed? Whenever city leaders have the funds to do it,” McNerney said.
Wickwire Pool is scheduled to open from June 26 to Aug. 29. Public swimming hours are from noon to 7 p.m.
The city’s other public pool is Yaman Beach, which is in Yaman Park off Clinton Avenue, is set to open May 29.


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