OGDEN -- Now that voters have passed a property tax increase to maintain Ogden High and Ben Lomond high schools' pools, the district is getting to work to make the needed changes.
The Ogden High Pool will be the first to be renovated because it has a leak and is now closed because of the leak, said pool supervisor Benjamin Carrier. Although plans for the pool are still in the design phase, Carrier said things like fixing the leak, installing a new boiler system and replacing most of the mechanical systems will happen.
Cosmetic changes are also planned, Carrier said. He will be touring local aquatic centers next week such as North Shore, Roy and Clearfield centers to see what would be feasible for Ogden's pool.
"We are exploring ways of including outdoor water activities," Carrier said of both pools. The district will also lower the age for swimmers. Right now the age is 4 and that will change once renovations are complete, Carrier said.
The plan is to make the pools mirror each other for the most part. Estimated costs to refurbish Ogden's pool are about $1.1 million, with Ben Lomond's the same. Carrier said the district estimates it will receive about $1 million a year through the tax levy to maintain the pools.
Ogden School Board member Shane Story said, "It is now time to roll up our sleeves and get to work." Superintendent Brad Smith, grounds supervisor Steve Torman and Carrier toured the Ogden pool site the day after the vote passed and construction will begin at Ogden High as soon as the design phase is complete.
Carrier is hoping to have the Ogden pool ready for use one year from now. "That's a goal. Things don't always work exactly how we want them to but that's what we would like," Carrier said.
As soon as work on the Ogden pool is completed, work on Ben Lomond's will begin. Ben Lomond's pool remains open. In fact, there are two sessions of swim lessons still available for signups. Classes like water aerobics, lap swim and open swim are also available at Ben Lomond's pool right now.
Carrier said that one pool would always remain open for students to use for athletic training as well as for the public. Both Ogden and Ben Lomond will use the pools to train and the invitation has been extended for Weber High School to use the pool as well, just as it has in the past.
Carrier said things will be a little tight with everyone sharing one pool for the next couple of years but he is confident everyone will cooperate to make it work.
The next Ben Lomond swimming lesson session begins July 8 with the last to follow on July 29. For more information on lessons or on open swim times contact the Ben Lomond pool at 801-737-7913.