The grates had to be replaced due to a federal mandate that requires pools of a certain age to have the covers replaced. The Wellness Center took the opportunity to repaint the pool while it was closed.
One day after the pool was drained of its 100,000 gallons of water, the new grates were installed. On July 8, Mongan Painting of Cherokee began preparations to paint the pool . Painting of the pool began on July 9, and by the following Tuesday the pool had a new look, white along with black strips.
Since that time staff at the Wellness Center has been busy cleaning around the pool and getting it ready to be refilled. According to the Wellness Center's manager, Denny Taylor, they will begin to fill the pool on July 27, from there it will take about a day to actually fill the pool up.
Once the pool is filled they will spend another four days filtering the water in the pool and one more week getting the chemical balance just right.
The staff at the Wellness Center is planning to have the first family night swim and to be re-opened by Aug. 8.