Lincoln City Pools reopens Friday! Spa is still down.
The swimming pools at the Lincoln City Community Center will reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, just a week following a major failure of the electrical feed to the building.
The electrical issue affected the Center’s three pool pumps, a hot water pump and controller, and heating and ventilation controls, among other numerous items.
Hot water to the showers was restored Thursday morning. Though the main pool and small instructional pool will open Friday, the spa will remain closed for an indefinite period of time.
“Being able to reopen our pools so quickly after such a catastrophic event is a true testament to the talent and dedication of the Community Center staff, in particular building manager Robert Long,” Community Center Director Gail Kimberling said. “Robert and a local electrician have spent many hours this week assessing the damage and working diligently to restore systems and controls.”
Staff from the city’s public works, IT and water department also provided assistance. Kimberling said, “I’m so grateful for an organization where different departments are always willing to lend a hand when needed.”
Failure of the Community Center’s dedicated electrical feed caused the loss of one leg of the Center’s three-phase electrical system early Saturday morning, Jan. 3. Pacific Power crews were on scene most of Saturday working to resolve the issue, and full power to the building was restored mid-afternoon on Jan. 3.
However, many components including the main pool pump and spa pump sustained major damage. Staff was able to get the main pool pump on line mid-week, but the spa pump needs to be completely replaced and this could take up to two more weeks or more. The total cost of repairs is still being assessed.
The electrical issue did not affect the fitness areas, gymnasium, meeting rooms or Senior Center, and all of these facilities remained open.
“We know the pool closure was disappointing for many people. It was a trying time, and we very much appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding,” Kimberling said.
Further updates will be posted at www.lincolncity.org and on the Lincoln City Community Center Facebook page. Information is also at 541-994-2131.