We’ve been chronicling what started as a federally mandated project to upgrade the drain system to new safety standards, and turned into maintenance/repairs for an unforeseen problem. Now Seattle Parks says Southwest Pool will reopen Nov. 2, after passing a key inspection today, and there’s a special offer to thank patient patrons – read on:
Southwest Pool is scheduled to reopen on Monday, November 2. Regular drop-in
programs will begin with Early Morning Lap Swim at 6 a.m. on Monday.
As a way to welcome patrons back, special discount pricing of $2 (or two-for-one
admissions for Quick Card users) will apply to all drop-in programs through November
30. All Public Swim, Lap Swim and Fitness classes are eligible for this rate.
Swim lessons will resume on a regular schedule on Wednesday, November 4. All
enrolled participants should plan on attending lessons on the assigned day and time.
Credit will be given on accounts for missed classes due to the closure.
The pool was closed in mid-August for regular maintenance and to complete the
federally required replacement of pool drains, in accordance with the Virginia
Graeme Baker Act. The closure had been planned for three weeks.
After the new drains were installed, a pressure test revealed leaks, which turned
out to be from cracks in the main circulation system piping. Because the pipes are
15 feet underground, a complex interior pipe repair technique was employed. After
several attempts, the repair was made.
Earlier today, the King County Health Department completed a final inspection of the
new drains. Parks is now moving forward with final concrete work, cleaning, filling
the pool, and heating the water.