Hoping to take the kids to the aquatic center, it’s closed because of broken glass. Apparently a light fixture had fallen onto the pool deck and shattered near the zero entry splash pool.Hopefully the lazy river will be open by tomorrow….the splash pool will be down for a while, at least until Friday. Here's the full press release --
Furman Aquatic Center Temporarily Closed
AMES, Iowa – The Furman Aquatic Center is closed today after Ames Parks and Recreation staff noticed a light fixture had fallen onto the pool deck and shattered near the zero depth “splash pool.” Broken glass was visible on the deck and in the splash pool. Safety protocol in the Iowa Code requires the basin be drained, cleaned, and refilled before reopening. As an additional precaution, all the light fixtures around the aquatic center are being checked to ensure they are secure.
“It’s unfortunate to close the facility, but the safety of our patrons is always our No. 1 concern,” said Keith Abraham, director with the Ames Parks and Recreation Department. “We are being extra cautious because we don’t want any of our guests getting hurt. Our goal is for all our swimmers to have a fun and safe experience.”
The 50-meter pool and lazy river will reopen as soon as all light fixtures are determined to be safe, which could be as early as Wednesday, May 31. However, the splash pool will remain closed until the 87,400 gallon pool is drained, cleaned, and refilled. Extra pumps have been brought in to drain the pool more quickly, and a fire hydrant will be used to help refill the basin. The water will be circulated and tested for safety. Due to the time requirements necessary for each step, the splash pool is anticipated to reopen no earlier than Friday, June 2, but more likely on Saturday, June 3.
“We understand how frustrating this situation will be to all our customers, and we are working as quickly as possible to continue with a great season at Furman,” Abraham said.
For the latest information on the Furman Aquatic Center, including updates and hours, go the Furman Aquatic Center page on www.Facebook.com or call our Parks and Recreation hotline at 515.239.5434. The Parks and Recreation Department manages 37 parks and offers approximately 150 athletic, aquatic, instructional, and wellness programs. Indoor programs are provided year round at the Community Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, and Municipal Pool.