UPDATED: Council to consider Wilson Park swimming pool repairs

The Wilson Park swimming pool stands empty last week in Fayetteville. City recreation staff say the pool surface and deck are in need of repair.

Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Update: This resolution passed 8-0 during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The Fayetteville City Council will consider renovation plans for the 80-year-old Wilson Park swimming pool during this week’s regular council meeting.

In a memo to the council, recreation superintendent Chase Gipson said the pool’s interior surface and surrounding deck are in visible need of repair.

Participants wait at the edge of the pool before attempting to break the world record for the largest swim lesson in June 2010. The official count of 262 people barely topped the 250 required by Guinness World Record officials.

Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Up for vote on Tuesday night is a $40,000 contract with Garver LLC for initial engineering design work related to those repairs.

Staff documents indicate the pool, which was originally built in the 1930s, has undergone renovations at different times throughout its history, with the most recent renovation occurring in 1997.

“We certainly keep that poor thing going, don’t we?” said Ward 1 alderwoman Brenda Boudreaux, with a giggle at last week’s City Council agenda-setting session. “It’s amazing.”

Gipson said a structural analysis completed in the fall of 2010 determined the pool was in structurally sound shape, but that $230,000 in renovations and repairs would be required.

The pool, which had more than 22,000 visitors last year, is scheduled to open for the 2012 season on June 8 June 1. If the repairs are approved, work will begin after the season ends on Aug. 12.

Pool admission fee

Daily Adult – $3
Daily Youth – $2
Season Youth – $45
Season Adult – $65
Season Family – $105
*Children under the age of seven must be accompanied by a person 16 or older.

Pool schedule (June 8 1 to Aug. 12)

Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Swimming Lessons
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Adult Lap Swim
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Open Swim
5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Adult Lap Swim & Swimming Lessons
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Family Swim

Saturday and Sunday
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Open Swim

Note: The pool is closed on Monday