Winter season delays, damage summer swimming areas
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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
While the temperatures are rising, many are starting to think about summer plans, and that includes swimming.
“Swimming is my best thing,” said 6-year-old Jakaia Anderson. “My family and us are all going to go to the splash pad and have fun.”
Little Jakaia is counting down the days because she knows summer time means swimming time, but that fun might be cut short.
“Because of the winter, because it was so long and so harsh it delayed us for a couple of weeks,” said Iowa City aquatics program supervisor Matthew Eckhardt.
Eckhardt says the continued cold winter is forcing the City Park Pool in Iowa City, not to open until a week after Memorial Day.
“Now we’re going through some of the processes that we would have gone through a couple of weeks ago as far as pool prep is concerned, piping, de-winterizing everything,” said Eckhardt. “We’re gong through that process now, we’re also finishing up some renovation projects as well.”
He says the lower-than-normal temps forced annual pool preparations to be pushed back.
The Noelridge Park Splash Pad is still also impacted by the winter.
Officials say the play area is unsafe due to cracks in surface and they’re not opening up until those repairs are fixed.
The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will turn on the splash pads in the parks, with the exception of the one in Noelridge Park, on Saturday, May 24.
The City Park Pool in Iowa City plans to open Saturday June 7th.
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