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New-look Waynesboro pool set for opening splash

May 13, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Bring on those steamy, sticky summer afternoons. Waynesboro will be ready for it this year.

If the rain stops and the weather cooperates, workers will be able to finish pouring the 125 yards of concrete deck that surround Northside Pool. Once that's done and a few minor projects completed, the borough's only pool should be ready for its grand reopening ceremony on May 23, the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

The target date for the first bathers is May 24, he said.

Hamberger has been shepherding the work since the nearly $1 million renovation project began last year.

The pool was closed for the 2002 swimming season in what turned out to be one of the hottest, driest summers in recent years.

Bathers will see some major changes when they return this year. The diving boards are gone, replaced by two large water slides, one open-topped and one closed.

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They also will find new peninsulas, or dividers, separating the z-shaped pool by depth.

At the shallow end, or kiddie pool area, youngsters will be able to walk right into the water. "It's zero entry, just like the beach," Hamberger said.

The deep end measures 12 feet, just as it did before.

The basic configuration of the pool, which was built in the early 1970s, has not been changed, Hamberger said.

The pool has three new fountains, two of which are interactive in that bathers can stand under them. New lighting will illuminate the pool at night, when it's rented to private parties.

The bathhouse has undergone some renovations, including new plumbing, lighting and painting.

Vince Talucci, the contractor, said his crews have been fighting the weather almost since the beginning of the project.

"Winter hung on too long and there's been too much rain. We've been trying to pour concrete for a couple of weeks," he said. "We're taking it hour by hour."

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