Above, head lifeguard Matthew Godfrey and Pickens County Maintenance Supervisor Eric Chalkiadi make some final repairs before the pool opens this weekend.
Monday afternoon, maintenance workers at the county pool were busy preparing for opening day, expected to happen sometime over Memorial Day weekend.
“We’ve got the pool filled and all the chemicals in,” said Pickens County Parks & Recreation Department Director Melinda Goss. “Now we’re just waiting for our final inspection from the health department, and we can open it up. We think that’s going to be this week sometime.”
In the past, the county pool has had its fair share of maintenance issues, but this year Goss said things have gone swimmingly, especially when considering the pool’s age, approaching 30 years now.
“This has been the smoothest it’s been in a while in terms of getting it filled up and ready to go,” Logan said. “In the past, we have been hesitant to nail down an opening day, because we don’t know what could go wrong.”
Logan said there were only basic cosmetic repairs, “like we repainted the pool, which we do that every year,” she said. “But we would definitely like to thank Rob Jones for sending over Larry Coleman and the water department, because they have done a lot of work to help get the pool going, too.”
Pickens County Maintenance Supervisor Eric Chalkiadi said county workers have repaired broken plaster, have replaced all the ladders, and he and head lifeguard Matthew Godfrey were seen Monday afternoon repairing buoyed blue and white ropes.
These repairs make up a portion of the county’s $28,000 budget for the pool this year, up a fraction from $27,700. This budget includes all chemicals, water, maintenance, staffing, insurance and workers’ compensation for lifeguards.
Gate fees and rental fees come nowhere close to covering these costs, with those fees expected to about match last year’s collections near $7,200. But county government has said in the past the pool is a service it will continue to offer to the community.
The county pool will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
The daily use fee is $3 per person. There is also a season pass available. For a family of four, the summer pass costs $100. Each additional family member is $10.
The pool will also be available for rental Tuesday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Total cost to reserve the pool is $80, which includes a $55 rental fee and a $25 lifeguard fee.