Archive for Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Roof work planned at indoor aquatic center; pooch plunge planned

At Outdoor Aquatic Center, traditional Pooch Plunge set for Tuesday

September 2, 2009


Roofs and woofs. News about both soon will impact the city’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Parks and Recreation leaders on Wednesday announced that portions of the Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, will be closed for up to 30 days beginning later this month. The closures are part of a major roofing project at the facility.

Beginning Sept. 21, the competition pool at the indoor aquatic center will be closed for up to 15 days while crews repair the roof over that portion of the pool. The leisure pool will remain open during that time period, and several pool-related classes will move from the competition pool to the leisure pool.

The Karl Knox Natatorium, 1901 La., also will be open for lap swimmers displaced by the work. The natatorium will have special lap swimming times from 5:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Also, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Normally, the city shuts down the Indoor Aquatic Center for maintenance during a two-week period while the Outdoor Aquatic Center is still open. But the roof project wasn’t able to be completed by contractors during that time period, said Jimmy Gibbs, the city’s aquatic manager.

The work on the roof is being done under warranty by the contractor, Gibbs said. The city was having problems with moisture from inside the building causing the roof to bubble. Part of the work involves painting the ceiling of the facility, which is why portions of the building will be closed to the public.

After work above the competition pool is complete, the indoor leisure pool will be closed for about 10 days while work there is done.

The work will come shortly after the city closes the Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., for the season. The last day for swimming will be Monday.

But as has become tradition, the city will host a Pooch Plunge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The seventh annual event allows area residents to take their dogs to the pool for a swim.

The fee for the event is $5 per dog. All dogs must have proof of current shots, and must remain under their owner’s control at all times. Registration for the event will be available at the door, but owners may also pre-register online at


bigdave 8 years, 4 months ago

Thats nasty to have a bunch of dogs in that pool!! Glad I don't swim there!! And its bad on the dogs skin to. How dumb to make a buck!!

devobrun 8 years, 4 months ago

After years of attending swim meets from Federal Way, Washington to Orlando, Florida there is no more important part of a swimming facility than the air handling equipment.

Note to all architects and builders of swimming facilities: Design the HVAC system.....then double it. Humidity in the air causes people to be uncomfortable, metal to rot, and paint to peel. Now I find that it causes roof panels to warp and fail, too.

If the LIAC folks don't boost the air conditioning, they will have other things failing in the future.

Call the HVAC guy after you call the roof guy.

Dan Edwards 8 years, 4 months ago

bigdave-- did you notice the part of the article that stated the last day for swimming would be the day prior to the pooch plunge? The idea being that after the "nasty" dogs are in the pool they drain it, clean it, and then cover it up until next May, when it will be filled with fresh clean water.

And pool water is not "bad on the dogs skin" any more than it is bad on human skin.Like 20 minutes in a pool is going to make any difference whatsoever. Give me a break.

bkreed1960 8 years, 4 months ago

Many of the area pools have a pooch plunge a day after the pool has been closed to the humans.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 4 months ago

They have done this for six years with no one being the worse for it. Why would this year be any different? How many of you have ever swam in a pond or "swimming hole" with your dogs?

puddleglum 8 years, 4 months ago

in case you are wondering, the firemen were on the roof doing an inspection and one fell through the ceiling-setting off an inspection of the thickness of the roof-which turned up to be way too thin and unsupported. just lucky no one was hurt.

kujayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, it's much cleaner swimming in the same pool as a bunch of 3 year old kids that don't have swim diapers on.

workinghard 8 years, 4 months ago

Did the taxpayers get what they thought they were paying for? Was it built to code if it was too thin, or did the builder cut corners? I think the taxpayers deserve some answers

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 4 months ago

Poppy is a darling. We need to have an indoor pool just for the dogs all year round. I really don't think that dogs "go" in the pool. Do any of you know? I just can't see it happening. Most dog people are responsible and keep their dogs properly groomed.

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 4 months ago

"News about both soon will impact the city’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools."

This sentence must qualify as one of the worst editorial abortions I've read in months.

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