Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today at 8 a.m. The pool at the center has been closed since December after failing to meet state standards.

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis Aquatics Center passed a state inspection Monday afternoon and will reopen today after being closed for nine months, according to city officials.

Neil Lambert, a superintendent with the city’s parks and recreation department, said staff for the city and the center have been working hard to get the pool reopened after a failed inspection two weeks ago.

“We can all breathe a sigh of relief on this thing,” said Lambert, who credited aquatic specialist Sheila Holley and the aquatics center staff for its work in getting the center up for a passing grade.

The state closed the pool in December for not adhering to state standards.

Utilizing city and state funds, the facility has undergone approximately $450,000 in renovations, according to Rob Carter, director of Clovis’ Parks and Recreation.

The Environment Department said the pool failed inspection two weeks ago for minor deficiencies, including the absence of depth markers and incorrect positioning of a lifeline.

Lambert said none of the deficiencies were too difficult to fix.

“I think the hardest thing we had to do today was get the chemicals balanced,” Lambert said. “But other than that, it came together really well.”

A press release from the center said the winter schedule will apply, with time blocks set aside for adult swim and the Clovis High School swim team.

The team is one of the heaviest users of the pool, and has a 3-5 p.m. block set aside every weekday for practice.

“Everyone’s very excited, really thrilled to have the opportunity to get back to training,” CHS swim coach Vincent DeMaio said.

While the team has been without a pool, DeMaio said the team has spent most of its time training at a Clovis gym. The standby plan has been working, as DeMaio said the team went to a meet in Lubbock last week and many posted better times than they did during last year’s state championship meet.

“Clearly, we’re relying on our faith in our summer swimming,” DeMaio said. “Now it’s time to build towards the high school season and hopefully a state championship.”

Admission to the Clovis Aquatics Center is $2 per person.

Schedule for the Clovis Aquatics Center, which re-opens today at 8 a.m.
8-9 a.m.: Water aerobics (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Adult swim, water walking, lap swim (Tuesday, Thursday)
9-10 a.m.: Adult swim, water walking, lap swim (MWF). Choices physical education (T, Th)
10-11 a.m.: Adult swim, water walking, lap swim11 a.m.-Noon: Closed, lifeguard lunch break
Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch hour swimming 1-2 p.m. Adult/peak/ENMRSH/walking/lap swim
2-3 p.m.: Pool cleaning
3-5 p.m.: Clovis High swim team
5-6 p.m.: Adult swim, water walking, lap swim, scuba, swimming lessons, etc. (MWF). Lap swim, scuba, swimming lessons, etc. (T, Th)
6-7 p.m.: Water aerobics (MWF). Lap swim, scuba, swimming lessons, etc. (T, Th)