July 9 â Area residents are making the most of the cool springs during the hot temperatures this summer, despite some issues with pool equipment.
The city’s superintendent of parks and recreation, Heather Torrento, said the department has replaced parts of some Tahlequatics equipment.
âWe just replaced a motor on the slides, so now the slides are back and working,â Torrento said. “We still have some maintenance issues that we have to deal with for the electrical part, but we’re at a point where we can at least activate them now.”
Concerns among city officials were raised last week when it was reported that swimmers were cutting the soles of their feet at the bottom of the pool.
Torrento said this is a problem and that type of solution is something she is considering in her department’s budget for the next year.
âI know it’s not in our budget this year, but hopefully I can add it to next year’s budget to make it happen. From now on, we’ve put up signs that say the shoes of water are recommended because it’s a problem we’re having there, âshe said.
Torrento said the plaster at the bottom of the pool wears off after about 10 years, and that’s what happened.
City administrator Alan Chapman said it was a common thing with swimming pools and that he had had discussions about ongoing pool maintenance.
âContinuous maintenance, we are talking about six figures in the future. The bottom of this pool has a lifespan and 12-15 years is usually the lifespan. If you don’t regulate the water perfectly and don’t get the right pH, you may deteriorate those funds, âChapman said.
Velma Coon-Santos brought her 4-year-old son Diego to Tahlequatics and she said there had been no problem cutting his feet at the pool.
âWe had his first birthday party here, but he was too young to really know it and this is the first time he’s been here now that he can swim,â Santos said. “
16-year-old Selena Olvera was with her friends at the pool and that’s something she loves most about Tahlequatics.
The Splash Pad has received a new coat of paint, which makes it non-slip to ensure a safer experience for children and adults.
Vina Thompson was at the Splash Pad with her granddaughter Thursday afternoon, and said she enjoys coming to the area to cool off.
“The only downside I see with this [location] it’s because it’s so close to the road. Even though the freeway is right there, it’s still a bit close, âsaid Thompson. âWe’ve had good experiences the entire time we’re here and I love it.
Thompson and others have said they would like to see more shade and additional seating when they go out with their children and grandchildren.
Tahlequatics hours on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are noon to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The hours are slightly different on Fridays, with a time slot from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The swimming pool remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Splash Pad is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The city is accepting applications for those who wish to work as lifeguards or with concessions during the summer months. Torrento said there are still lifeguard positions to be filled.
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For more information or to reserve a time slot, call Tahlequatics at 918 456-0651, ext. 1601.