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Nat renovations completed

IMGP7267 IMGP7273 IMGP7285            As temperatures continue to rise, a dip in the pool begins to sound like a fun activity for many. Thanks to the completion of the natatorium remodel, locals can more readily enjoy local water fun.

From March-December 2013 the natatorium went through a remodel. Director  of Facilities Jim Christensen said the primary function of the remodel was to save the building, which was “dying.” The plumbing and wiring of the building were being corroded by the humidity and chlorine.

Since the natatoriums are the Box Elder School Districts most expensive buildings to operate, the school board wondered if it would be in their best interest to just “let it die” and knock it down.

After much discussion and realizing a facility was needed locally in order to continue offering swimming programs, it was decided to make the building last for as long as possible.

Christensen felt this was the best course of action. He said, “Whoever built the pool originally really did a great job. The pool itself is really sound. It was worth fixing and maintaining.”

The building, which was built in the early 1980s, lasted 30 years. But with upgraded materials and new technology, the building is expected to last 50 years.

While planning, the school board looked at current and future needs that would fit those of Bear River High School and the district. “Our primary function was to facilitate Bear River High School and the Box Elder School District,” said Christensen. “There was not as big of a need for the public, there was a greater need for the students that we had to address.”

One misconception is that the natatorium is a community pool, but it actually belongs to Box Elder School District. Although the district felt there was no profit from public use they decided it was a valuable asset to the community.

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1 comment for “Nat renovations completed

  1. Parent of School District Students
    April 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I noticed that your pictures show the coaches shower and the student locker room. These are very nice additions to the pool for those who are allowed to use them. Why not report on the rest of the renovations?

    Christensen lives up to his word. This is not a community pool. The public locker room, or cubicle, maybe 12’x12′, contains about 80 lockers at about 1.2 cubic ft a pop. What a tremendous space saver with a great feature: the door from the cubicle, when open, affords a great vista from the pool. This summer, remind your kids to change in the bathroom instead of the public “locker room.” Wouldn’t want a scandal.

    With all the school sponsored water sports participation (polo team is not district based) and swimming classes using the student’s locker room (easily three times the size of the public locker room), it’s full up. More than one visiting swim team has been stuffed into the public space, not to mention cub scout swim day at the pool. So many scouts changing cheek-to-cheek, what a train wreck that was. Let’s not visit the human density that will occur there hourly between district sponsored summer swim lesson classes. Oh, there’s no drain in the public cubicle, either. But that’s not the district’s concern. It is, after all, a district facility designed to facilitate Bear River High School.

    Since there are no other public indoor pools in the vicinity of Tremonton, it has become the de facto community pool, despite it’s ownership. Admittedly, public patronage has declined in recent years, but not to the level that would justify the space usage ratio of school-to-public areas supplied by this renovation. Man, I’m sure glad the district passed that bond to upgrade the facilities. Public pool users at Box Elder Nat, come and experience what you are about to receive. Worth every bit of taxpayer money.

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