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Rain delays opening of Schifferdecker Family Aquatic Center

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The City of Joplin says one of its three aquatic centers will not open at its usual time this year.

$5.3 million worth of renovations have been going on for eight months at the Schifferdecker Aquatic Center.

The work will have to continue.

Read a previous story about increased fees for Joplin pools

"We had hoped to have the weather patterns we had last fall and obviously we didn't have those," says Chris Cotten, the Director of Joplin Parks and Recreation.

Joplin's city pools have traditionally opened on the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day.

Cotten says construction crews lost 42 days this year because of an unusually cold spring.

"The paint needs to cure for three to seven days before they fill it.  You have to be above freezing or at freezing.  They can't do the brick, the masonry work when it's below freezing.  They can't paint when it's below 50 degrees and they can't do much of anything when we're having a downpour."

But city officials say newly installed outdoor lights will allow construction crews to work into night.

The city hopes to have Schifferdecker pool open June 1, one week later than usual.

The old pool brought about $2,500 a day in revenue and city officials say this year's delay won't put a big dent in their budget.

"This facility typically did not generate the revenue to regain its operating costs," says Cotten.

A new pool, without at least 87 leaks as with the prior, will cut down those operating costs.  And with some extra "cool factors" a one week delay may not be that bad, after all.

Residents with season passes will be able to use them at any of the other two city pools, as usual.

More information about ticket prices can be found at JoplinMo.org

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