Beginning Monday, the swimming pool at the Claremore Recreation Center will be closed for tiling.

The Claremore City Council recently approved the $287,600 project, which will take eight to 10 weeks to complete.

“The existing pool plaster is 15 years old, and has reached the end of service life,” said Mitch Louderback, Recreation Center director. “There are sections of bare concrete showing through the plaster, plaster discoloration, and algae issues due to holes in the plaster.”

K.C. Gunite, the lowest bidder, will be replacing the plaster with porcelain tile.

“They were the original builder when we opened the (Rec Center) in 1999,” Louderback said. “Life expectancy on the porcelain tile we’re looking at is anywhere from 35 to 50 years, which should reach us towards the life expectancy of the building.”

Funding in the amount of $245,000 will come from budgeted capital improvement funds, with the remaining $42,600 from Recreation Center reserves. Signs informing the public of the closing have been placed on the doors of the Recreation Center and the pool area.

“I started notifying our water aerobics instructors and some of the user groups, like the swim teams, about a month ago or two months ago, verbally, that we were looking at doing this project and having it completed some time before the first of January,” Louderback said.

He added that they chose to do project now because it is the slowest time of the year for the pool.

“Our busy season runs from Jan. 1 to the end of August, so it’d be an ideal time for us to do the project,” he said.

“With all the things we’ve got to offer out there, is there any way of isolating just the pool itself to see what kind of income (it makes),” council member Don Purkey asked.

“I ran the budget reports,” Louderback said. “Typically, through the months of September, October and November, we average about $2500 to $3500 a month in income from the pool. So it’s not going to be a great loss for us. In fact, it might even save us a little bit of money, because won’t have to have the staff in there.”

Those with questions regarding the pool closing should call the Rec Center at (918) 341-4516.

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