Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

Pool receives floor upgrade

April 8, 2004

A new surface on the floor of the Baldwin City Public Pool has Monte Ezell hoping it will improve the pool's appearance and save money on maintenance at the same time.

"The idea is longevity and to cut down on the work load. And I think the traction on it is better," said Ezell, Baldwin City Recreation Commission director. "Plus, I think it looks great."

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The new surface, a slightly raised, pebbly surface called Pebbletec, was recently installed in the zero-depth entry area and underneath the slide.

"The main reason we went to it is because we couldn't keep any paint down," he said. "The paint just wouldn't stick."

For the last couple of years, the pool surface has needed to be repainted. Ezell said keeping paint on the pool has been necessary to protect the concrete, to make it easier for lifeguards to see the bottom of the pool and to help improve sanitary conditions.

It cost $14,000 the first year to repaint the pool, and an additional $10,000 last year.

The Pebbletec cost $35,700 to install, but Ezell said it has a warranty of 12 years, and he expects it to last as many as 20 years.

"I figure we can save a minimum of $50,000 in painting that area," he said.

Schilli Plastering out of St. Louis installed the Pebbletec, which Ezell said is the same company that has installed the surface in pools in Las Vegas, Arizona, Texas and even Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Fla.

"I know of two pools that have had Pebbletec in excess of 12 years with no problems," he said.

Though the Pebbletec is in place, Ezell said, parts of the pool will still need to be painted, including the lap lanes, the walls and the trim. He expects the painting to cost $3,000 to $4,000.

"This doesn't mean there won't ever be maintenance at the pool that needs to be done," he said. "There will still be some painting."

He said he hopes in the future the Pebbletec can be applied to the lap lanes, leaving one less area that requires painting.

But Ezell said the area that is covered with Pebbletec should be an improvement on the pool.

"The reason we're doing it is for the people's enjoyment and safety, and to enhance the quality of the pool and their experience there," he said.

"Pool maintenance is a big-time job," he said. "This should help that and make us able to do things better."

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