Splashy opening for new Onesty pool
The Onesty Family Aquatic Center will be open for business June 20.
The new swimming pool, located at Meade Park, includes a lap pool, a large water slide, and a "lazy river" among other features. The facility can hold 225 people.
The city expects a busy opening weekend, with a press release informing patrons they “might experience a wait to enter the facility." The pool has 36 parking spots on site, along with street parking on Meade Ave. and Chesapeake St. The park is also on the bus line. City staff will be out to ensure a smooth opening.
““We’ll be watching the traffic situation,” says Will Bassett, business manager for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The original Onesty Pool opened in 1975 and was demolished in late 2008 after a 2005 needs assessment determined operating the pool was not cost-effective.
The city in a press release said that the new pool project is well under budget. Bassett estimates that the total cost will be six or seven percent below the $3.8 million budget, but says final numbers still needed to be tabulated. Crews will work through the week putting the finishing touches on the pool,including spraying lines in the parking lot, putting out deck furniture, and setting up posts for lifeguards.
“We’re just trying to be ready for Saturday,” Bassett says. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the pool will take place at 9:30am, leading into the opening at 10am. Special activities for the day at Meade Park are being planned.