Santa Catalina School celebrated the re-opening of its pool with a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 26.
Students and faculty gathered on the newly refinished deck and let out a cheer as the swim captains cut through a blue ribbon strung across three diving boards.
The pool was closed in late November for a deck-resurfacing project. But when contractors drained the pool, they found more problems along the bottom that needed attention. In addition to the extra time it would take to repair the pool liner, work was slowed by near-constant winter rains.
In brief remarks before the ribbon-cutting, Athletic Director Paul Elliott praised student athletes for their patience and adaptability during the closure. And in the end, their patience will be rewarded. The deck now boasts a polished concrete surface that is safer for both people and the pool. The repairs to the pool liner will keep the pumps and filters healthy, and the diving boards and signage have been improved.
Refilling the pool was a feat in itself. With a capacity of about 475,000 gallons, it took 28 hours to pump the water back in.