OGDEN — It’s been over a year since the pool at the Marshall White Center was closed after large cracks were discovered spreading along its floor.
The pool remains closed today and Ogden City officials say they aren’t sure when, or if, the pool will reopen.
Sometime before March 5, 2018, the community pool developed five large cracks in its concrete surface, and it has been closed ever since. Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said shortly after the cracks were discovered, Ogden City crews analyzed the pool and deemed it unsafe for continued use. Engineers determined the pool was at risk of having a “catastrophic opening,” which could present life safety issues if the water wasn’t drained.
The city immediately sought repair and replacement bids from contractors after the analysis, but those bids came back higher than officials expected, with minimum repair estimates exceeding $500,000.
Ogden Chief Administrative Officer Mark Johnson said the pool has not been repaired and there are no current plans to do so. He didn’t know when the pool would reopen.
“We’ve got some things were looking at,” he said. “The possibility of a YMCA (opening in Ogden) being one of them. Those plans are still not firm yet, but there are some things to look at before we think about sinking money into an older pool.”
The city has engaged in discussions with the Young Men’s Christian Association — more commonly known as the YMCA, or simply “The Y” — about opening a Northern Utah recreational facility in Ogden. Members of the city and council and administration recently took a trip to Denver, touring five different YMCA facilities.
The organization operates programs out of several Weber and Davis county elementary, junior high and high schools and at Weber State University, but as of yet, has no independent, dedicated athletic facilities in the region.
The Marshall White pool was well-used, with swimming lessons, water aerobics, kayaking and open-swim sessions all offered there. The community pool was also used by the Morgan High School swim team and the Ogden Preparatory Academy. Most of the programming at the city-run pool was moved to pools at Ben Lomond and Ogden High Schools.
“The (Ogden) school district has really stepped up big time with that,” Johnson said.
Ogden City took over management of the 51-year-old Marshall White facility in 2015 after fiver years of management from the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership.