Guards ready splash park for pending opening

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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00 pm

Waterpark rules suggested by MC&R Pools, the firm that installed the splash park, were adopted by the Onida City Council during their May meeting. Of particular note is the requirement that all users are accompanied by a parent, and the 8-years-old upper age limit. The council voted to require that all pool users under age 17 be charged the $1.00 daily entrance fee and $2.00 entrance fee for 18 and over. Rates for pool passes are $75 for families or $40 for individuals, and note was made of the donation the city received from Mrs. Bayne to help out families who can’t afford the annual pass.

"We’re very excited to open the splash park to the community and allow the kids to benefit from all the fundraising efforts that were done," said Tina LaRosh, pool manager. LaRosh also said that lifeguards are working to get the pool up and running. Among the projects being completed are painting the bathhouse and the building housing the equipment for the new splash park.

City Superintendent Tim Jost reported that he has arranged for the natural gas line to be brought to the pool for operating the heater. During the off-season, the city will be charged for the gas at a rate of $.68 per day. Recently completed electrical work will simultaneously shut off outlets and the chlorine pump.

A window will be installed in the pool office on the south side of the bath house in order that those manning the pool office might also keep an eye on the splash park. The entire facility will be painted before opening.

Measuring the depth of the diving well, information needed to purchase a new diving board, was delayed due to spring snow storms. Measurements will be taken as soon as it is practical, but the new board may arrive after the pool is open for the summer. Jost noted concrete work that needs to be done to the deck on the south end of the pool.

In addition to guards already hired, City Finance Officer Rondha Hiller related that four additional guards will join the roster, should they pass their course at the end of May.

Pool needs occurring prior to the June council meeting will be managed by the pool committee in cooperation with LaRosh.

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