Cold temps slow down work on pool update
Winter’s frigid temperatures are to blame for a slowdown on renovations at Orchard Mesa Pool.
Officials with Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation Department thought contractors would be finished already with renovations to the locker room floors. However, cold temperatures have not allowed workers to apply an epoxy coating on floors. The city is hoping the pool will open again Jan. 6.
Adding new flooring is tricky because workers first have to turn off heat to the building to remove excess moisture. However, considering the freezing outside temperatures, the locker rooms become too cold for the floor treatments to work. Workers are hoping to install flooring on Monday and that has to cure for eight days, said Larry Manchester, recreation supervisor for Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation Department.
“That’s what we’re up against. We want to get it done right,” he said. “We have to let it dry really good.”
City officials still are planning on a Jan. 10 re-opening party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Treats will be given to the first 100 guests and other giveaways will be offered. Admission is free that night for the pool and slide.
The pool was closed for three months from September to early December after workers replastered the bottom of the pool and walking areas.