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Wet start to 2015 means rebuilt Hurst aquatic center won’t open until 2016

Hurst construction engineer Eric Starnes was hoping that the new Chisholm Aquatics Center would open in June, but the construction site was a sea of mud and standing water Friday from recent rains. The constant rains have put construction on hold.
Hurst construction engineer Eric Starnes was hoping that the new Chisholm Aquatics Center would open in June, but the construction site was a sea of mud and standing water Friday from recent rains. The constant rains have put construction on hold. Star-Telegram

Plans to open the $8 million Chisholm Aquatics Center this summer are under water, and construction has come to a halt.

Weather delays have played havoc with the best-laid plans to have Chisholm open in time for the Memorial day weekend. But ice and snow storms followed by one spring deluge after another created a sea of mud and pools of standing water, making it impossible for workers to do anything.

Deputy City Manager Allan Heindel said that when officials decided to demolish and rebuild the Chisholm Aquatics Center which was built in the 1990s, they were planning to dedicate the center May 21 and open Memorial Day weekend, but no such luck.

“The contractor has people sitting out there in their trucks ready to work. I can’t blame the contractor,I can’t blame the architect; it’s the weather,” Heindel said.

Chisholm will open in 2016.

“This isn’t the news any of us wanted to hear,” he said.

But Hurst residents will still have a place to go to swim and cool off. The Central Aquatics Center will open Memorial Day weekend and will close Labor Day for renovations.

“We were hoping to have something bright and shiny,” said project and facilities manager Eric Starnes referring to the Chisholm Aquatics Center.

The city decided to do a complete $8 million makeover of Chisholmafter a study determined that it would be more cost-effective to demolish the facility, which dates back to the 1990s, and rebuild it.

The funds come from an economic development sales tax.

The new center’s features will include a deep pool with two diving boards, a large play area, slides, a pool for toddlers and cabanas.

“This will be a major asset for our community,” Heindel said previously.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696

Twitter: @fwstliz

Other parks

The aquatics centers in Euless and Bedford will be open for the Memorial Day weekend.

Bedford

Bedford Splash, 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, will open to season pass holders Friday and to the general public Saturday. Bedford Splash has three pools, for all ages. Small children can play in “Guppie Cove,” while teens and adults can play water sports or check out the water slides at “Snorkel Bay,” a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool featuring a family slide with a landing zone, and the “Turbo Twister,” a more intense water slide.

For more information, visit www.bedfordsplash.com

Euless

The Euless Family Life Center Aquatic Park, 300 W. Midway Drive, is also opening Memorial Day weekend.

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