City of Pullman considers renovating Reaney Pool this summer

PULLMAN, WA - With summer right around the corner, many of us are looking forward to spending some time by the pool.

But in Pullman, the city's only outdoor pool is schedule to be closed all summer. Reporter Rachel Dubrovin tells us about the city's plans for Reaney Pool.

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and typically this is the time of year when Reaney Pool here would be getting ready to open. But clearly, that's not the case. In fact the city intends to keep the pool closed all summer for construction."

"Sometimes you gotta give something up to get something better in return," said Pullman Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kurt Dahmen.

Dahmen said a Reaney Pool renovation has been on the minds of community and city council members for more than 20 years now.

"It's kind of one of those projects that's been on the burner for years and years and would be a nice addition to Reaney Pool," said Dahmen.

Dahmen said the project will cost an estimated $915,000 and there's a lot to do so the construction will take all summer to complete.

"With the construction season here in Pullman, and some of the work that needs to be done, this was kind of the time that it needed to happen," said Dahmen.

It'll include a new dive pool liner, more parking, new restrooms, and a highly anticipated splash pad for young kids that can't swim yet.

"Ten to twelve different features like water geysers coming out of the ground, some cannons that kids can spray with," said Dahmen.

"It will be exciting to see what comes," said Pullman Parent, Sara Meyer. "The splash pad would be a great idea. Especially for the younger ones, just to run around and get wet and be safe."

Pullman parent Sara Meyer said it was a little disappointing to hear the city's only outdoor pool won't be available this summer

"We used the outdoor pool quite a bit last year," said Meyer.

Then again... she says this renovation should be worth the wait.

"We'll just be creative and find different ways to have some fun in the water," said Meyer.

Bids are due back for the project on June third and if the Parks and Rec department doesn't get the results that they had hoped for, they might just decide to wait on the construction project and open up the pool after all.

The indoor pool at Pullman's Aquatic and Fitness Center will be open normal hours this summer....that's Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 till 6:00 p.m. on the weekends.