The Brownfield Family Aquatic Center has head a myriad of issues this year as the Parks and Rec crew have worked hard to prepare for opening day.
Parks and Rec Director Scott Jackson stated, “We always fill the pool pretty early in the spring. People wonder why we do this. It is so we can discover any issues and get those fixed and be ready and not have to delay our opening. Especially this year.” The Aquatic Center never opened last year due to COVID issues. Kids and adult alike are excited for this year’s opening.
When the pool was first filled, the big Haboob came through and the water became a muddy mess and had to be drained. The pool was then cleaned and dirt was shoveled off the bottom. Jackson said there was a layer of about three inches of dirt on the bottom of the pool.
When the pool was refilled, it was noticed that water was leaking out. After adding water for a couple of days, the pool was drained again and digging began over the lines to determine where the leak was. A leak was found in a couple of the pipes and repair is now taking place on those lines. The City Water Department and the City Electric Department have both helped with all this. The electric lines lie in the same area as the water pipes, so Cat Gonzales and his guys had to oversee the digging and will come back and check all lines and boxes once the repairs are done. Everyone works together in Brownfield to make sure all things are working as they should. One great thing about this place!
Jackson stated, “We are still planning to be open on May 30. We anticipate that all this work will be done within a week and we will refill the pool once again. With the pool not opening last year, and then the hard freeze, we knew there would be issues and we were prepared for that.”
The Aquatic Center is still taking applications for Life Guards. If you are interested, contact the City of Brownfield for more information.