WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau parks officials are looking at ways to improve and update the city's pools.
Officials would like to keep the neighborhood pool concept, and parks committee chair Dave Overbeck says it's probably time. “The pools are 50 years old now and are showing their age. There's a lot of cost and upkeep just to keep them running right now.”
Overbeck says previous plans for full renovations of the pools were from 2007 and do have projected budgets attached, but that those were before the recession. “We'd like to go back and reprice everything at this point.” The pools have undergone smaller repairs - including patching to stop leaking water - before the start of past summer seasons. The parks committee says it will revisit the issue this year.
Parks director Bill Duncanson said last year that 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. Any proposed remodel would have to go through the public review process as well as votes on multiple committees.