Last winter and well into spring, the Chisholm Aquatics Center was a sea of mud as seemingly nonstop rain brought construction to a standstill.
Now, thanks to extended periods of dry weather and hard work, the aquatics center will be ready for summer fun.
Deputy City Manager Allan Heindel said the contractor still needs to complete projects such as installing canopies on the slide structure, working on landscaping and building the main entrance.
The major construction work is finished, and workers are now filling the pools.
“We were able to capitalize on all of the dry weather. It is a very complicated project because of all of the hydraulics and pumps that must be in place,” he said.
“We had 72 days of inclement weather that held up the project.”
The new center's features will include a lazy river, a deep pool with two diving boards, a large play area, slides, a pool for toddlers and cabanas.
The city decided to do a complete $8 million makeover of the Chisholm facility after a study determined that it would be more cost-effective to demolish the aquatics center, which dates to the 1990s, and rebuild it.
Heindel said training will start for employees in April, and the grand opening should be in late May.
“The aquatics center is going to be quite an asset. If we build it, they will come. We feel quite comfortable with this,” Heindel said.
The new aquatics center will have a Hill Country look, and Heindel said it is a “major leap forward.”
“People used to go to pools to hang out in the sun. Now, they come to the aquatics center to use the structures, but they also need shade,” Heindel said.