WILLIAMSON – On Tuesday, April 5 the Williamson Board of Parks and Recreation (WBPR) announced that the public swimming pool located at West Williamson will not be opening.
The decision was made based upon the recommendations of an experienced pool engineer that compiled a report on the West Williamson swimming pool.
The issues concerning the pool and the results of the engineer’s report were addressed in a press release issued by the WBPR.
The press release states, “Local news organizations have asked for disclosure of plans for the West Williamson swimming pool facility. Multiple challenges exist in the pool facility that was constructed in the early 1970’s. A recent visit by an experienced swimming pool engineer revealed the following list of things that would need to be addressed before the pool could be opened.”
According to the press release, issues concerning the pool include a pump and filtration system that would need replaced, aged plumbing, cracks in the walls and bottom of the pool. The most concerning issue addressed in the report is that voids exist beneath the pool that could create the potential for a sink hole to develop beneath the pool.
The press release states, “The main pump and entire filtration system are beyond repair and must be replaced. Full pressure from a new pump into aged plumbing will likely result in breaks and significant leaks. Multiple cracks exist in the walls and bottom of the pool. These well documented cracks have created significant loss of water. These cracks have also created significant safety concerns. Our swimming pool engineer has disclosed that multiple voids exist beneath the pool. While the size of these are uncertain, the WBPR feels that a ‘sink- hole’ potential does exist and the potential risk for swimmers make opening the pool facility impossible.”
In the press release, Director Brandon Ball is quoted stating, “This information from our pool engineer has been deeply concerning. Our board wants to act responsibly and decisively. We are simply not willing to put our bathers at potential risk. The board is currently discussing many options that might exist to utilize this property in the future. We do want to remind our residents that the Kiwanis Community Center is available for special functions. The outdoor picnic facility is available as well.”
Estimates are that it will take more than $100,000 to make repairs to the aging facility.
“This is the last thing we wanted to do but there is no other option,” Ball stated.