June 25, 2016

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Summer splash bash

BRUNSWICK — Kids in the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center’s summer camp were cannonballing into the pool Thursday afternoon. But just weeks ago, no one was splashing around at the rec center.

The pool closed in March after a mechanical failure damaged equipment and the pool liner.

The pool reopened last week and Parks and Recreation Director John Piepsny said the center will celebrate with a Splash into Summer Bash noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and with half-off annual memberships through Sunday.

“Everything is up and running and fantastic,” Piepsny said Thursday.

The damage to the pool was caused by the mechanical system that raises and lowers the pool floor based on how much depth is needed for different activities. In March, one of the hydraulic lifts broke, causing a platform on the pool to tilt and the liner to rip.

The recreation center’s insurance will cover repairs to the mechanical system and the pool liner, which Piepsny said will amount to more than $50,000. He said insurance also will cover other losses, such as money refunded to patrons.

He said he is still totaling the bill, which could come close to $100,000, for the insurance company.

The recreation center also used about $10,000 from the center’s repair and maintenance budget to handle repairs around the pool, including maintenance to the gutter system, diving board, heater and pumps.

“We just did some things we couldn’t do with water in there,” he said.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.