OGDEN -- The Ogden High School pool has now entered the 21st century. With several upgrades that required a five-month closing, the pool is now officially open for business.
"We didn't want to just do a Band-Aid job," said Ken Crawford, athletic director for Ogden School District.
About $30,000 was spent to upgrade the pool after the pump burned up in March.
The district spent only about $5,000 for repairs, and the Ogden School Foundation, through fundraisers by the OHS swim team and Barracuda swim club, along with many private donations, came up with the rest.
All of the money was funneled through the foundation, Crawford said.
Layers of old paint were removed and replaced with a new, more-durable paint in and around the bowl, giving the pool a fresh look.
"It looks like a new pool," said Ralph Parish, pool manager.
The tiles were covered with special paint, and orange and black were used throughout to give the pool an "Ogden High" look.
New starting blocks and lane lines were installed, and the metal filter pit cover was replaced with stainless steel.
Acoustic baffling is being installed to make it much easier to hear in the pool area.
"The way it was before, parents couldn't be heard cheering for their kids, and the kids couldn't hear instruction from their coaches," Crawford said.
The pool is used not only by the high school swim team but also by other private teams. It's also a community pool for students throughout the district.
"This pool gets a lot of use, and we needed the upgrades," Crawford said.
The district offers a comprehensive swimming program to elementary students throughout the year to give all students the chance to learn to swim.
Elementary schools also use the facility for reward events for different age groups. The Barracuda swim club also uses the pool daily and for competitions, Crawford said.
Amanda Halverson, assistant pool manager and assistant OHS swim coach, said the new look will improve the morale of the team.
"It almost looks like a brand-new facility," she said. "It was a mess the last week of the swim season," referring to the malfunctioning pump and filter system.
At that time, the swim team decided it wanted to raise funds and worked closely with the Ogden School Foundation to get started.
Halverson was impressed by the private donors and other foundations that came forward with money to move the project forward. The swim team also held a 5K to raise funds.
The team spends a lot of time at the pool in the off-season, too, because many of the team members work as lifeguards and swimming teachers during the summer. Students from other high schools also teach swimming lessons.
"We employ a lot of kids from Weber School District as well," Halverson said.
While the pool is used frequently, Parish would like to see more community use. "Some people don't even know we have a pool."
Now that the pool is completely upgraded, he plans to see that changed. Students in the Ogden district can swim for free with a note from their principal, and swim lessons will start Monday.
Parish said the pool can be rented out for parties for a good price. He also plans to start a water aerobics course.
"We would like to expand our hours if we can get the community to show up to our pool," he said.
For more information on swim lessons or any other issues regarding the pool, call Parish at 801-625-1101.
OPEN SWIM1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday
6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday
Swim lessons are $35 for eight lessons. $3 is the admission price for all ages. $50 per hour for pool rental.
Three- and six-month passes, as well as group rates, are available.
Pool manager Ralph Parish will give those rates to people who call