Repairs Progressing at Longmont’s Centennial Swimming Pool

December 21, 2018
Centennial Pool is empty as repairs that facility continue, but the popular indoor pool is expected to be open and hosting swimmers and programs by Jan. 30.

Longmont is shooting for an end of January reopening ( of its Centennial Pool, according to Jeff Friesner, the city’s recreation and golf services manager.

Repairs are still underway at the indoor pool at 1201 Alpine St. after a faulty sump pump caused flooding that significantly damaged to the pool’s electrical system in mid-August.

The pool has been closed since then. After the closing, Longmont kept its Sunset Pool, 1900 Longs Peak Ave., open for several weeks beyond its normal Sept. 3 closing date and shifted swimming and diving programs to Sunset and the indoor pool at the Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road.

The pool’s closing left swimmers with only one indoor option as the weather cooled, and prompted the cancellation of some programs that couldn’t be transferred to the rec center.

After getting repair cost estimates and damage assessments from electrical engineers and its insurance provider — estimates that put the repair project’s expense at $423,981 — the city awarded TCC Construction the contract for the repairs that have been going on since November.

As of Wednesday, according to a city update on its Centennial Pool website — tinyurl.com/yd96wufz — Longmont Power and Communications, the city’s electric utility, had finished boring new lines for the pool’s electrical service and a new transformer has been installed.

An electrical contractor, Broes Electric, finished installing new switch gear on the pool’s exterior and is wiring that switch gear to the new transformer and electrical room.

Following an inspection, and if the electrical work passes inspection, Longmont Power and Communications will perform final connections and energize the transformer.

“This means things are on track to have electrical and heat functioning at Centennial Pool before the New Year,” the city stated in its posting.

“Once electrical is up and running, systems within the mechanical room will be turned on to verify they are properly working.”

Other remaining work is to include installation of sump pump brackets in preparation for the arrival of two new sump pumps, city officials said.

Friesner said Wednesday that the city now hopes to reopen the pool on or about Jan. 30.

Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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