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Upgrades at Marshall center start this month

Pool will be closed for six months; city offers options to passholders

By , Columbian Political Writer
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Racers begin a heat of the Vancouver Super Bowl X Invitational swim meet at the Marshall Community Center pool in January 2009.
Racers begin a heat of the Vancouver Super Bowl X Invitational swim meet at the Marshall Community Center pool in January 2009. (Columbian files) Photo Gallery

Vancouver’s Marshall Community Center will soon see some major upgrades after a scheduled $2.8 million renovation project is started later this month aimed at improving the swimming pool and facilities.

“This is the biggest renovation of the Marshall pool in its 50-plus year history,” said Andy Meade, the Marshall/Luepke Community Centers director.

The pool first opened to the public in 1965.

To accommodate the changes, the city of Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Department will need to close the pool at the end of the day on Dec. 17 for six months.

While the pool is closed, Marshall Community Center passholders can use the swimming pool at the Firstenburg Community Center, according to information from the city. Starting Jan. 4, passholders can also use the Washington State School for the Blind pool for early-morning laps and some exercise classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“This pool is well-used by many in the community and we look forward to reopening it in June 2017, just in time for our popular summer recreation programs,” Meade said.

The swimming pool project renovations include adding a new pool deck, upgrades to the mechanical systems such as gutters and ladders and better deck drainage. There will also be a new pool access hallway with changing rooms.

“Maintaining excellent water quality is our highest priority. This renovation will allow us to better manage the pool’s water while using fewer chemicals, creating a safer and more efficient facility,” a statement on the project’s website said.

The pool renovation project will not affect other parts of the community center, such as the gymnasium, pottery studio, fitness center and Teen SPOT. Those rooms will remain open. Group classes will continue to be offered, but passholders can also suspend their classes until the renovations are complete.

More information about the project can be found at www.cityofvancouver.us/MCCPoolProject

Columbian Political Writer
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