City staff have dug into the leak at the southern Blakely Park pool and found a big project to do.
The entire circulation system needs replacing, according to Jeff Hood, Parks and Recreation director. It was originally installed in 1957 and runs all the pumping and filtering for the pool.
“It lasted this long so that’s good news. The bad news is that it lasted only this long and now we have to replace it,” said Hood.
To get into that system, the deck on three sides of the pool must be torn up and removed. Workers are digging trenches around the pool to install new pipes. Those trenches will be backfilled and new concrete decks poured over them.
Hood anticipates the work will be completed by the end of next week. The total cost will likely come in under $20,000, the amount approved by the city council for the emergency repairs.