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Base pool renovation nearing completion

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  • By Airman Whitney Amstutz
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
The base swimming pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen Aug 1.

Construction on the swimming pool began early summer 2009 and consists of a complete overhaul of the facilities. Not only was the pool itself remodeled and improved, but the front counter and restrooms have been upgraded as well.

"All of the facilities have been remodeled," said Paul Floyd, 36th Force Support Squadron flight chief.

Both the restrooms and showering areas have been improved significantly and other additions have been made to better accommodate those who use the base pool.

"As you walk into the sparkling new locker room you really begin to anticipate a refreshing dip in the renovated pool," Mr. Floyd said.

The swimming pool itself will be 25 meters in length and about 5,182 square feet. Maximum capacity on the pool deck will be 200 people.

Like the on-site facilities, considerable improvements have been made to the deck of the pool. Several new shade structures with deck chairs have also been added for those seeking to stay out of the sun.

"The color and seamless texture of the deck surface is appealing and comfortable on the feet," said Floyd.

In the landscaped picnic area, a large built-in barbecue pit has been installed at the far side of the pool, he said.

The base pool will be open every day of the week with the exception of Thursdays.

"There will be designated times for lap as well as recreational swimming," said Brenna Buse, pool manager.

Lap swim will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., 11 to noon, and from 6pm. to 7 p.m. Open recreational swim will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, said Buse.

As the renovation of the base swimming pool comes to a close, patrons can anticipate its reopening Aug. 1. Many improvements have been made to both the grounds, and the facilities. The pool is available to all throughout the week and the hours of operation will be posted on-site.