The City of La Vista is hoping to keep its aging pool afloat this summer.
After problems prevented the pool from opening over Memorial Day weekend, the 57-year-old pool is once again operational under normal summer hours.
The pool was scheduled to open during the Salute to Summer Festival, but a leaking straining basket forced city staff to wait another week before opening.
“Staff figured out a way to fabricate a piece that would make it work,” said Mitch Beaumont, community relations coordinator for La Vista. “The staff did a miraculous job to keep it going.”
Beaumont said the pool is “absolutely safe” but does caution that problems could creep up again down the road.
“The infrastructure of the pool is fragile, so there’s no guarantee it’s going to hold all summer,” he said. “There’s really nothing else we can do at this point.”
While little can be done to resurrect the aging pool, Beaumont said the city is looking at alternatives for building a new pool.
The original hope was that a new pool would be part of the Nebraska Multisport Complex, which has been planned for the western part of La Vista.
But opening of the complex has continued to be delayed and the city is exploring other options.
“We are exploring an alternative for a pool site,” Beaumont said. “We will share that information with the public at a later time.”