MIDWEST CITY -- When patrons visit the Reno Swim and Slide next summer, they will be in for a treat, as the pool bath house is undergoing extension renovations during the off season.
In August, the Midwest City Council awarded a bid and entered into a contract with A.C. Owen Construction L.L.C., for the remodel of the facility and also an upgrade to its chemical distribution system in the amount of $1,062,500.
According to Community Services Director, Vaughn Sullivan, the city had five main objectives when considering the remodeling and upgrading of the facility, originally built in 1970.
First, the original bath house did not meet all current code requirements. As a result, the new plans call for a complete gutting of the interior. New stalls, showers and lockers will be installed in the remodeled facility.
In addition, the current concession stand area was deemed inadequate to properly serve patrons, so it will be enlarged with more up-to-date equipment.
The next improvement is to the front facade of the facility. Sullivan said that they want the entrance to be very inviting to patrons. Another new feature will be a climate-controlled break area for the life guards. Currently, the guards have to remain outside when taking a break.
Sullivan said that in the Oklahoma heat, a climate controlled area will be a welcomed amenity.
Finally, the pool will receive an upgrade to its current chemical distribution system. This system deals primarily with the treatment of the pool water. By using a more modern and upgraded system, the pool will be more economical to operate by lowering the cost of chemicals and maintenance.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by late April 2013. Funding for this project comes from the Park & Recreation Department’s dedicated sales tax and the capital improvements budget.