The Tates Creek Aquatic Center reopened Tuesday after pool season got off to a rocky start for Lexington city pools with two aquatic centers and one public pool having to respond to leakage problems.
The closures happened because of a leak in the filtration system of two pools and new vinyl linings at another.
Fayette Urban County Government's Parks and Recreation branch installed five new vinyl linings; three in the pools at Tates Creek Aquatic Center, one at the lap pool at Woodland Aquatic Center and one in the baby pool at Douglass.
According to Brian Rogers, Parks and Recreation deputy director, the lap pool at the Woodland Aquatic Center has a "leak behind the liner which causes the liner to bubble up."
Rogers said that the company in charge of installing the liners has already sent out four crews to resolve the issue, and will now be sending in a fifth.
While the rest of the aquatic center has been open since May 23, the lap pool has not.
"I was hoping it would be resolved by now," said Rogers, who noted that he hopes to have a resolution by the end of the week.
Rogers said the vinyl linings typically require less maintenance and have a longer life than the city's concrete-based pools, which can crack and often have to be repainted every year.
While vinyl linings are typically the cheapest to install, they tend to tear easier than other pool linings, and the lining itself often has to be replaced every seven to 15 years.
According to Rogers, the Woodland Aquatic Center has been reducing admission by a dollar to compensate for the delays.
According to the LFUCG 2014-2015 budget, the city allocated $440,000 on "aquatic improvements," more than any other section of the Parks and Recreation department's allocated funds that was listed on the budget. Rogers said that installing the new linings in the pools cost about $100,000, with the other $340,000 going toward projects like installing a new filtration system and renovating the restrooms at Shillito, repainting the pirate ship at Woodland and adding a new mega bucket at Southland Aquatic Center.
The Tates Creek Aquatic Center, which had been closed since last Tuesday, had a leak in the return line of the pool, which is part of the filtration system. Rogers said that the leak "has been identified and repaired," but that workers had to re-concrete certain parts of the pool area because the leak was under the pool deck and required significant repair.
Rogers originally said that they expected the repairs to be complete on Wednesday at the latest, but repairs moved quicker than expected and the facility was able to reopen on Tuesday.
Across town, Shillito Parks Aquatic Manager Scott Sheets said the pool has been closed since Saturday because of leaks after the installation of a new filtration system. Officials hope to re-open on Wednesday.