A very thick paint job has just been completed on the Newport Pool, but like a paint job on an old car, it doesn’t extend the functional life of the pool one day. The drains at the east end have been replaced but most of the pipes that connect to them and the curtain drains around the pool are still a half-century in the ground and their time is about up, according to engineers. In addition, the pool’s roof leaks and the rest of the facility is 50 years old too.
The paint will be curing for at least the next ten days, after which they will fill the pool back up. How long it’ll last before the next maintenance emergency is anyone’s guess.
Understandably there are discussions about building a new pool next to the city Recreation Center.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee is reviewing the plans for the pool that failed to get the blessing of the voters in 2010 – a bond measure that lost by 136 votes. City Parks and Recreation Director Jim Protiva is suggesting some improvements to the 2010 design to include a more easily accessible and deeper therapy pool, more spectator seating and a clear re-arrangement of parking to accommodate recreation and pool users.
Public meeting discussions on a resurrected pool bond proposal are expected to begin in May, with a determination on whether to put the issue on the November ballot to be made by the city council by late July/early August. The last pool bond election, had it passed, would have upped property taxes on a house with a $200,000 assessed valuation of just over 7 dollars a month.