6 months later Park & Rec pool open
After a six-month hiatus, Truckees community pool has re-opened with a new ceiling, improved restrooms and a cleaner appearance.Following the project to bring the building up to state code by installing fire sprinklers in the ceiling, the pool experienced a slow start when it opened on Feb. 1. But, as the word gets out, Aquatics Coordinator Amanda Conk, doesnt see that lasting for long.Its a slow start, but I feel that next week well be packed again, said Conk, who works for the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District. The construction, which began in September, ran into unanticipated delays because of dry rot in the structure and weather problems, said Conk. Conk, who had received numerous complaints on the pools behind schedule reopening, said she is excited that the construction, which was handled by the same company that is renovating the high school, is finally done.Everybody is pretty happy, said Conk.Truckee-resident Bret Barker was getting some laps in on Wednesday, and said he was happy to be able to get back in the water.Im glad its back, said Barker. I couldnt swim anywhere else, so it is nice to see that they finally opened it up.Kevin Johnson, a lifeguard at the pool, said the renovation definitely improved the overall appearance of the facility.I used to come here a few years ago and it looks a lot nicer than I remember it, said Johnson.All swimmers who had a pass to the pool will have their lost time covered, plus receive a free month added on to their swim pass, said Conk. The gesture will let them know we knew [the construction] took a long time, but we couldnt do anything about it, except this, said Conk.A new program that swimmers can find at the renovated pool is the Swim around Tahoe challenge, which tracks the progress of swimmers who want to swim the equivalent of the circumference of the Lake Tahoe 72 miles.What you do is you swim the circumference of Lake Tahoe in the pool, said Conk. It could take some people two months and it could take some people … two years.A mural with the outline of Tahoe is painted on the far wall of the pool, and by moving a fish around the lake, each swimmer can chart his or her progress toward the 72-mile goal.The community pool is located behind the Truckee high school. Because of renovation work continuing at the school, enter the pool at the western entrance of the building.A three month pool pass costs Truckee locals $55 and non-locals $70. A day pass is $2.The Sierra Suns Josh Miller contributed to this report.
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