The City of White Salmon has announced the White Salmon Community Pool will not open as planned on Saturday, June 2 due to the need to make repairs to the pool for life safety reasons. The pool is now scheduled to open on Saturday, June 16.
The repairs involve structural improvements to the concrete ceiling that covers the pool pump pit, which city and pool staff must be able to access. The ceiling is also part of the deck surrounding the pool. Significant portions of the concrete are unstable and dislodging from the ceiling, exposing the rebar keeping the concrete intact and impacting the ability to have safe access into the area.
The issue was discovered at the start of the month during annual preparations to ready the pool for the summer season. At the city council meeting on May 2nd, authorization was given to consult with an engineer in order to obtain an assessment on potential fixes for the situation. Based on that assessment, the Mayor requested to declare a state of emergency at the May 16 City Council meeting, which the council approved. This allows the city to expedite the process for hiring a contractor to make the emergency repairs. While the repairs are expected to be completed by the end of the month, the adjusted opening date accounts for the time necessary to complete pool preparations once the room is again accessible.
The White Salmon Pool was constructed during the 1930s, and has been a continuously operating seasonal pool since 1943. Voters approved a levy lid lift last November that would help fund the operation and maintenance costs of the pool for the current 2018 season. Efforts in recent years have been focused on constructing a new pool, especially since a 2015 feasibility study concluded that the current pool is beyond its useful life and not worth fixing.