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Pablo Sanchez of Burleson Pools in Huntsville prepares the pool at the Aquadome for resurfacing Friday. The work is part of a maintenance and refurbishing project at the pool.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
Pablo Sanchez of Burleson Pools in Huntsville prepares the pool at the Aquadome for resurfacing Friday. The work is part of a maintenance and refurbishing project at the pool.

Aquadome face lift includes pool repairs

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com· 340-2468

Repairs that have closed the Aquadome Pool temporarily will soon mean a nicer environment for swimmers like Gail Reinecke of Decatur.

The instructor for the Masters Swim Team, Reinecke said she usually hits the water at 5 a.m. yearround.

She’s looking forward to the pool’s reopening Feb. 1.

Workers last week were inside the empty pool repairing the concrete and getting it ready for resurfacing.

They have already replaced the original galvanized pipes with PVC plumbing, said Dwight Owens, center supervisor.

He said tiles inside the pool that mark lanes and decorate the sides will be replaced.

Built on a former landfill, the pool had cracks from settling and it leaked, said Rochelle Ranes, assistant supervisor.

The project also includes painting dressing rooms, repairing tiles there and replacing lockers, said the supervisors.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Decatur Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Dunlap of the work.

He said Burleson Pools in Huntsville was the only bidder on the $78,000 project.

The 38-year-old Aquadome center is getting other décor arrived in the fall.

“What we are trying to do is modernize the place a bit,” Owens said.

A new feature for the Aquadome that follows popular trends is a wellness center, also to open Feb. 1, Ranes said.

Anselmo Sanchez is removing the old surface at the pool at the Aquadome.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
Anselmo Sanchez is removing the old surface at the pool at the Aquadome.
The center, in a former game room, already has a rubberized floor, dumbbells and a universal weight set. Two treadmills, two stationary bikes and two elliptical trainers will be added, Ranes said.

She said the center will have someone on hand trained to help participants use machines properly.

“We’ve been needing this for years,” Owens said.

Supervisors haven’t decided on the fee or whether it will be payable monthly or annually, Ranes said.

Reinecke said until the Aquadome pool repairs are done, she is traveling to a pool in Madison along with some other regular swimmers.

Reinecke said the Aquadome pool is needed and used by many people.

“This is the only indoor pool we have,” she said.

Other activities usually going on at the Aquadome Pool, even in winter, include water aerobics, swimming classes, Healthy Lifestyles lap swimming, lifeguard training and swim team practice. Andrea Percle is the aquatic supervisor.

For information on activities at the recreation center, call 341-4950. The pool number is 341-4953.

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