A five-and-a-half-day project to put 815,349 gallons of water into Edmond’s new competitive swimming pool with a fire hose is underway this week.
Clear, inviting water is slowly filling the eight-lane, blue and white tiled pool, which is part of the $24.7 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center now under construction at J.L. Mitch Park.
The 50-meter competitive pool will be home for swimmers from Edmond’s three high schools. The pool is 7 feet deep on the south end and 13.6 feet on the north end, deep enough for diving equipment.
Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said no diving equipment is planned at this time.
The center is a partnership between the city, Edmond Public Schools and the YMCA.
“The pool has been tested once and there was no problem,” said Randy Drew, Edmond’s project manager. “So far, no problems now.”
Windows surround the competitive pool, and two large overhead doors lead to the 117,000-gallon leisure pool that is part of the YMCA.
Plans are to open the center on Feb. 3. State swim competitions are scheduled at the center for February.