The Southern End Community Association's pool will have to last for another year.
So on Saturday morning, April 13, members of Solanco High School's football team and a group of adult volunteers turned out to clean and pressure wash the pool and get it ready for the season. SECA began draining the pool the prior evening and completed the work by midmorning Saturday. This coming Saturday, volunteers will be cleaning up the area and the old pool will be patched and painted.
That work followed by two days a landscaping project by employees of BB&T Bank. Quarryville office personnel Melissa Balderson, Alex Bond, and Lucy Alexander were joined by bank senior vice president James Malfregeot II.
The bank sponsors community projects and, since 2009, has had about 11,000 of them across the country.
On Thursday, bank employees helped remove all of the plantings from in front of the pool's bathhouse.
The BB&T employees will be back on May 22 to place new plants at the bathhouse. The bank's participating also includes spending $1,700 for the new plants.
The existing pool will be used unchanged for another season because the major part of the renovation project planned for this spring won't happen until fall, SECA officials said. A change in the project's designer is the reason, said Steve Risk. Risk, a builder by trade, has been supervising the project.
Late last fall, SECA revoked the contract of the project's designer and hired Aquatic Facilities Design of Millersburg to do the job. "They [the former designer] didn't answer phone calls or emails," Risk said in December.
The change put the project behind schedule. By late last year, SECA officials were hopeful the work could begin this spring. But the design took longer than expected, leaving SECA with two options - use the old pool for the 2019 season or have construction go beyond the traditional Memorial Day opening.
SECA decided to delay that part of the work until the fall.
But other aspects of the pool's renovation are underway.
"We are proceeding with renovations to the bath house," Risk said. "There will be new plumbing, we're putting in a new sewer line, and we're replacing all the fixtures."
The bath house will also be getting new lighting and a refinished floor.
The building housing the pool's filter system is getting new electrical equipment,
A new pump will be pulling water from the SECA well.
"Last summer, the pump kept tripping," Risk said. "We pulled the pump up and none of us had every seen one like it. We need a new one before we can fill the pool."
The pool is also getting a new diving board this spring, replacing one that had been removed several years ago.
But the toddler wading area and interactive water features will have to wait until fall.
Quarryville American Legion Post #603 built the pool in 1949 and operated it until 1993. SECA took over the pool that year and rebuilt it before the start of the 1994 season.