Poteau pool to open next season

A crew works on the pool last month. // PDN photo by Trayce Kerbow
Amanda Corbin
News Reporter

The Poteau city pool at Twyman Park will not open this year.

The Poteau City Council in Monday's regular monthly meeting voted to wait to open the pool until next season.

The pool was closed in February 2016. At the time, it was estimated it could cost around $919,000 to repair it, or $1.2 million to build a new pool. It's been said in past meeting that the pool has been leaking in several places and is costly to operate.

In June, the council awarded a bid of $87,942 to RenoSys out of Indianapolis, Ind., a commercial pool renovation and construction company, to do the repairs. Shockley estimates it is a two-week job to fix the pool. He said they are also waiting on a water pump to come in.

Shockley said the contractors will not be here until July 9. Even if they finished the repairs within that two week mark, Shockley said it would only leave a limited amount of time for the pool to be open before the new school year starts. Thus, the council decided to wait to open it until next summer. This will also give the city time to do renovations to the interior concession and shower/bathroom stall area.

See a full City Council report in Wednesday's print edition.