After Labor Day, the city will close its Olympic-size 50-meter indoor pool for nearly five months for repairs. The pool, which normally is open year-round, is expected to reopen in February.
The repair project, which includes consultant fees, replacing aluminum piping, recoating and installing an electrical control system to help prevent corrosion, will cost nearly $275,000.
Built in 1976, the aluminum pool over the years has had numerous repairs related to corrosion, including sandblasting, recoating and modifying the contact between the pool and its concrete deck to reduce rusting.
"Because of this (corrosion), the pool has been a continuing maintenance and repair problem," said Lisa Rapp, division engineer for South Gate.