Rain puts damper on pool pace

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
Jason Ellis of Iola’s Street and Alley Department uses a trackhoe to scrape the top layer of asphalt from an old driveway west of the Iola Municipal Pool this week.

As soon as Mother Nature lets up on her daily deluge of drenching downpours, crews will be able to put the finishing touches on the Iola Municipal Pool.
Iola Parks Superintendent Berkley Kerr said workers from Continental Pools were ready to paint the pool basin and do other touch-up items to the new pool and refurbished bathhouse.
But unlike the relatively dry winter months, the recent rainy spell has put a damper on the pool’s progress.
“We need about three or four days in a row of good weather so they can paint,” Kerr said. “It seems like they’ve power-washed it only to have it rain the next day.”
Meanwhile, Iola Street and Alley Department crews are doing what they can to prepare the hard-top surfaces in Riverside Park for what will be a new coat of asphalt.
Preliminary plans are for the asphalt to be laid by SE-Kan Asphalt starting May 11, although the rainy weather may change that schedule.
The new asphalt coincides with a new traffic pattern in the park. Crews this week ripped out the stretch of road immediately west of the pool. That area will be replaced with a grassy area for picnickers or safer access from the pool to the park’s playground area.
“It just wasn’t the safest place for kids, because you had cars going through there,” said Dan Leslie, Street and Alley superintendent.
Motorists will be able to load and unload children on the north and south edges of the pool, Leslie said.

ADMISSION prices have been established for the 2009 swimming season. Swimmers ages 6-17 will be admitted for $1 a day, while adults up to 64 years will pay $2 admission, unless using a ticket book. In that case, each swimmer, regardless of age, will be admitted with one ticket. The $25 ticket books will be available at the Recreation Office by calling 365-4990.
Those 5 and under and 65 and older will be admitted free of charge.