POINT PLEASANT — Though next summer may feel far away, it’s a major topic of discussion with the City of Point Pleasant.
Since the closure of Harmon Pool this past summer, Mayor Brian Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson and city council have been researching how to move forward with the space, with the options of repairing the pool, downsizing the pool or installing a spray park on the table.
At the most recent council meeting, two representatives from Emerald FX, the same company which designed and installed the spray park in Hurricane, discussed placing a similar facility in Point Pleasant at Harmon Park.
Since that meeting, and the team from Emerald FX visiting Harmon Pool, Billings has received a proposal and rendering of what the spray park could look like with the city requesting the park have a river theme. These are preliminary but are at least a starting point for council. Billings said the entire proposal will be presented at council at its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Upon review, council would then decide on whether or not to proceed with the project and advertise for bids to build a park.
Billings said according to Emerald FX, the city is already “ahead of the game” in terms of already having a fenced-in area around the pool as well as existing restroom facilities, an office and concession stand. The deep and shallow ends of the pool would be completely filled in, with the center filled to some extent and the spray park built upon this area. There would be only one water line going from the pump house into the park as opposed to the multiple lines under the existing pool which makes finding a leak difficult to say the least. The old pumps would be taken out and replaced with new pumps and tanks.
There would be no lifeguards required to be on duty and the water would operate with motion senors so if no one is at the park, the water would not be running. Of course, the water, when it does run, just continually circulates through the stations.
Billings said he wants to keep this project on the front burner and should know more at the next council meeting concerning this project, depending on how council feels about the proposal.
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