The Cannon Falls Community Pool will reopen to the public in June, barring COVID-19 is under control.
The city council voted to restore the pool in October, and that same month construction began. The company that has been doing the repairs, Northern Pool and Restoration, quoted the cost at $92,233, which includes replacing old concrete and making the pool look like new.
“What we’re doing is we’re completely refurbishing the vessel of the pool,” said City Administrator Neil Jensen. “We’re taking out all the bad concrete and soft spots, and we’re putting in new concrete. We’ll be sandblasting the whole vessel, and giving it two coats of epoxy paint, so it'll look brand new.”
Along with the parts of the pool residents can see, the pumps were also fixed and one was replaced, which helped get the circulation numbers back in guidelines, Jensen said.
Along with the pool itself, kids will be happy to hear that the splash pad will be operational once more.
“The splash pad has been repaired,” Jensen said. “It hasn't been functional for the last couple years, several years I think. It was actually functioning this fall, so that should be ready to go.”
This is the first major construction the pool has undergone. It should not need any more major repairs for the next 10 years because of this project. The city will take a look at the pool again in five years to assess whether Cannon Falls should invest in a brand new pool facility.
Currently, the pool is on schedule, although construction has come to a halt due to winter weather. Once the ground thaws, workers will be back finishing construction.
“The weather caught up to us,” Jensen said. “We’re going to have to wait until spring to get the rest of the vessel done and we’ll be ready to go.”
Although the repairs cost almost $100,000, due to the pandemic, admission fees will not be raised, at least for 2021.
“Pending any major setbacks, we should be ready to go by June,” Jensen said. “Let’s just get this virus under control so we can get back to some normal living and some good pool weather.”