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Wausau committee considers pool remodeling

Wausau, WI
Wausau, WI

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau's park and rec committee is looking at a series of possible remodels for the city's pools.

Committee chair Ed gale says that the pools are nearing the end of their 25 year life span and are already showing their age. “We've already lasted ten years past what is normal for a pool.” A study by an engineering firm found that the pools are losing nearly as much water throughout the year as they normally hold, either through leaks in the pipes or in the pool itself.

In addition, there's some major structural flaws that are starting to hamper pool operations. Parks director Bill Duncanson says the main drain in Kaiser Pool is already shot. “We have to plug that up with an air bladder, and then manually pump out the water at the end of the season.” There are cracks in the pool shell at Schulenberg, and the sewer lift pump at Memorial pool is starting to wear down.

There's no current cost estimate for any of these possible remodels, but Gale asserts that the pools aren't shutting down because of the structural issues. “We've got the budget set out to run them next year.” Any proposed remodel would have to go through the public review process as well as votes on multiple committees.