Local News

1/5/2013

County looks to repair pools before spring

By MEGHAN PITTMAN The Brunswick News

It's only January, but fans of community pools should get ready: Glynn County Recreation Department hopes to have all pools up and operating by Memorial Day.

But before Selden Park Pool, located off of Hwy. 341, can open, many repairs must be made, said Wed Davis, Glynn County recreation director.

"We have all hopes that it'll be open by Memorial Day," Davis said. "We still have to receive bids for the jobs, and the County Commission will have to approve the funds."

Last season, failing pumps and motors closed Selden's pool early.

"That whole equipment house has to be replaced and repaired," Davis said. "The filtration system has to be redone, and the chlorine feeder has to be replaced, that's for the safety and clarity of the water."

Other minor deck and gutter improvements must be made before opening.

Glynn County will also open the Neptune Park Fun Zone on St. Simons Island as well as begin operation of the Howard Coffin Park Pool in the city.

County spokeswoman Candice Temple said the recreation department plans to hire numerous seasonal workers to manage the pool when it opens this summer.

"We'll manage Howard Coffin the same way we manage our other pools," Temple said. "Of all (hires for Howard Coffin) around 16 seasonal positions will be for pool operations."

Glynn County acquired Howard Coffin Park and its pool in the Local Option Sales Tax agreement between the city of Brunswick and Glynn County.