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Edmond swimmers waiting for first plunge in new pool

Edmond high school swimmers won't start season in the new $24.7 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center. Drainage design problem on the leisure pool deck may cause the delay.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 15, 2013 at 8:30 am •  Published: July 15, 2013

/articleid/3862330/1/pictures/2158761">Photo - Construction on the Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center is about 75 percent. Completion may be delayed because of a design problem with the leisure pool deck. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN. <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN - OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Construction on the Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center is about 75 percent. Completion may be delayed because of a design problem with the leisure pool deck. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN. PAUL HELLSTERN - OKLAHOMAN

Both pools and the showers have to be tiled, a big job, Drew said.

“We're not talking about getting a small crew in here for the tile,” Drew said. “We are talking about 30 or 40 more people.

“I am optimistic. But I would go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take tartar sauce with me.”

The big push to get the project completed on time is so Edmond can host the state swim competition in February.

YMCA officials also are anxious to get open.

Mike Roark, YMCA executive director, said every day the Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center isn't open they are missing out on generating dollars.

“We have been disappointed,” Roark said. “We just can't control what is happening.

“The schools are certainly affected by the delay.”

In November, the start of this year's high school swim season for all three Edmond's high schools, which includes 20 seniors, won't be at the new pool in J.L. Mitch Park, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive.

Riggs has already canceled swim meets he had scheduled in November and December.

The coach also had to do away with his plans for a Thanksgiving break alumni reunion for swimmers, who have graduated, since work on the 102,000-square-foot building started in May 2012.

“I had hoped to use it the entire season,” Riggs said. “We are ready to go. I wanted the seniors to enjoy it a little bit this year. It is just a matter of when we will jump in.

“We will have to wait like everyone else.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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