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Northside Pool targeted for renovations

February 13, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

Northside Pool targeted for renovations

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Vicki Huff remembers that her father was on the committee that planned Waynesboro's municipal Northside Pool back in the late 1960s.

Huff was a lifeguard at the pool when she was in high school in the late 1970s.

"We had splash hops and evening dances with bands at the pool. They taught swimming lessons there, too," she said.

Huff's long association with the pool in Northside Park at Brown and Garfield streets and her position as a member of the Waynesboro Borough Council led to the chairmanship of the committee charged with renovating the pool and updating its programs.

About 1,100 Waynesboro residents, picked at random through lists supplied by the public school system, are being surveyed about what problems they believe the pool has, what can be done to correct them and what they would like to see in the future.

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The Borough Council hired a Lancaster County, Pa., architectural firm to survey the pool, check its physical condition and recommend changes, including upgrade of the facilities and programs to increase use by residents.

The Olympic-size pool opened in the mid-1970s, according to Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

Hamberger, Huff and Theodore Wallover, the architect, agree that the pool is in much better condition than anyone expected.

"It's basically in good shape, but it needs some resurface work, including a new plaster finish," Wallover said. He also said the mechanics of the pool need to be upgraded, including the recirculating, filtering and chemical systems.

Huff said a preliminary report should be available to the council, including early estimates on the cost of the work, by the end of the month. A final report will take four to six months. A series of public meetings will be held, officials said.

Wallover also is studying management practices at the pool.

Huff said day-to-day management is fine, but improvements are needed in public relations, fund-raising and programs. "That's where we're lacking," she said.

Huff said the pool has been operating at a loss in recent years. The council budgets about $70,000 a year to operate the pool and pay staff, including a manager, assistant manager, two head lifeguards and 10 to 20 part-time lifeguards.

Costs of running the pool run between $12,000 and $20,000 over the budgeted figure each year, she said.

Hamberger said new programs, possibly a water slide and other amenities will increase usage.

The state gave the borough $12,000 for the study and will provide half of the renovation costs, Hamberger said. The borough will have to raise the rest.

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