Marge E. Hudak now open

Drue Gulley mans the firehose to fill the Marge E. Hudak pool at the Platte Canyon High School campus in Bailey. The pool reopened June 15, following guidelines of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment safety rules. (Photo courtesy of Marge E. Hudak Pool)

The Marge E. Hudak Swimming Pool, located at Platte Canyon High School campus, reopened June 15 for the first time since March 16.

The pool was closed for nearly three months to the date. We were asked to drain the pool to save on electricity, gas and chemicals. This gave us a great opportunity to check the structure and do a deep cleaning, something we normally can’t afford to do since the whole process takes about a month from draining to full and heated.

The pool is 42 years old this year and the structure looked to be in amazing condition for its age. During this time the pool deck and locker rooms got two rounds of acid washing to remove calcium deposits. The pool plaster got some resurfacing and plastering in rough areas, and the pool got a nice acid wash to brighten the plaster.

We also did a deep cleaning of the entire facility. We got the word June 2 that we could open, with restrictions, as early as June 4, so we jumped back into the swing of things and made a plan to open by the fifteenth.

The 215,000 gallon pool took four separate days to fill. Using the fire hydrant, we were able to fill a few hours each day at a rate of 416 gallons a minute.

Our brand new 1.5 million BTU boiler, purchased with grant money from the Conservation Trust Fund, was able to heat the pool in just three days, something our old boiler wouldn’t have been able to do in seven days. The boiler had been installed April 13 and April 20 we started to drain. The new boiler got only one week of service before closure. This was a great test for our new boiler and it passed with flying colors.

We are now open for all activities, including our weight room, with restrictions in place. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment states we can have 25 percent capacity, which is 41 people, for our pool.

We are limiting locker rooms to no more than five people at a time and only two people using the weight room.

We encourage people to shower and change at home if possible and exit out the back doors if not using the locker rooms. We are asking people to wear masks when not in the water.

Lap swim will be one person per lane only. Aquacise will be oriented a little differently, to allow for six-foot spacing and a limit of 12 per class. We have a more strict cleaning schedule and sign-in procedure.

Signage and markings on floor will remind everyone of social distancing and best hygiene practices. We are accepting lesson registration for July, and lesson protocol will come out at the end of this month.

Hours for lap and open swim have been extended to better space out patrons. Twelve extra hours have been added to our summer schedule. Please see our website for specific programs and times.

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