Continuing issues further delay Marshall Aquatic Center opening

Thursday, May 29, 2014

According to Marshall Parks and Recreation Department's Park Director Jeff Stubblefield on Wednesday, May 28, the Marshall Aquatic Center will not open until further notice.

The original opening date was Memorial Day weekend, however, the staff discovered on Tuesday, May 20, a failure to the main circulating motor/pump would prohibit the opening. The pump circulates approximately one million gallons of water and is not an easy piece of equipment to replace.

Fortunately, the park found a supplier in Kansas City that will have the new pump ready to pick up this Friday as opposed to the possible three- to four-week wait they were anticipating. As a result of finding the new pump in a timely fashion, the pool will not have to be fully drained. The park staff plans to work diligently over the weekend in order to install the pump and to refill the pool, according to a release from the park.

Staff was optimistic that it would fix the problem and allow the pool to open Thursday, May 29.

After installation, more problems reared their ugly heads.

"We continue to have motor and electrical issues at the aquatic center," Stubblefield said. "We will not open the aquatic center until we get all of those issues fixed."

The park has brought in both professional electricians and utility workers on hand to get things up and running as soon as possible.

"We are working on it," Stubblefield said. "We are doing everything humanly possible to get this rectified and fixed so this doesn't happen again."

The Marshall Parks Department apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciates the support of the community, the release stated.

Contact Rachel Knight at rknight@marshallnews.com

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