Update: May 23, 2014
Both the 25 yard and 50 meter pools have been refilled with water, and the pumps turned back on. Repairs to the pool deck are in progress, after which an inspection from the Lee County Department of Health will be completed before the pool is re-opened. Upon their clearance, the tentative re-opening date is set for Monday, June 2, 2014.
Update: April 29, 2014
Repair work is well underway at the Aquatics Center. We have tentatively set the re-opening date for June 1, 2014. Stay tuned for confirmation on our exact date later this summer!
Update: February 8, 2014
Due to repair work on both of our pools, the Aquatics Center will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience; please check back here for the latest updates.
Released: December 16, 2013
As of today, the Aquatics Center is closed to all activity until further notice.
We have been unable to resolve the issues with both the 50 meter and 25 yards pools as we had hoped. We are working with several contractors to isolate the problems and make the repairs as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, all indications are that extensive drilling will need to take place to safely “de-water” the area around the pools, which will allow us to safely finish draining the pools and make all necessary repairs.
We recognize that this is a major inconvenience to all our members, therefore memberships to the Aquatic Center have been suspended beginning December 1st and we will extend the expiration dates automatically. Please call our office at 239-590-7935 with any questions.
Sent to all faculty and staff on December 11, 2013 on behalf of Amy Swingle, Director of Campus Recreation:
In early December, Campus Recreation began major warranty repairs at the Aquatics Center which required the pools to be drained. The University worked with Lee County officials and contractors specializing in large-scale pool maintenance to determine the most effective, safe, and environmentally friendly system to drain the water from the pools. We were required to rid the water of all chemicals (chlorine, stabilizer, etc.) before pumping it from the pools. Regular water testing was done at the discharge hoses to ensure that the chlorine levels were at or below the levels found in drinking water. The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) inspected our operation, finding the University in compliance.
While the work was being performed, we unfortunately discovered several leaks under the 50 meter pool which has resulted in a delay in our completion schedule. Several attempts have been made to isolate and locate the leaks, but we have not been successful. It has been determined that specialized equipment will need to be brought in by our contractors to locate the leaks. The University, along with SFWMD and County officials have determined that until the leaks are located and fully repaired, the 50 meter pool must remain closed due to the risk of leaking chemically treated water into the surrounding wetlands.
We are continuing the warranty work for the 25 yard pool, but have been delayed due to excess ground water in the area which is hampering the ability to finish the task. We hope to have the 25 yard pool operational within the next 2 weeks, so please check back here on our website for more updates.