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Heat and humidity cause unexpected one-day closing of St. Paul’s brand-new Como Pool

St. Paul’s vaunted new outdoor public swimming pool complex at Como Park opened with a splash in June, with its lazy river and diving well and climbing wall.

But the long stretch of hot and humid weather is causing an unexpected closing Wednesday.

For one day only, as city crews perform “preventative pool maintenance, and water conditioning treatments.” Plans call for the pool area to reopen Thursday.

City officials say there are no safety issues with the water at this time.

The official notice calls it a “preventative measure to ensure the pool’s water quality remains in good condition through the end of the 2012 summer swimming season (Labor Day).”

The new, state-of-the-art pool systems “were built to withstand the full capacities, but combine it with the really humid and hot weather and the water clarity and quality levels have dipped,” said Brad Meyer of the city’s Parks Department.

“Our pool engineers were worried we would have an issue sometime soon, where it may start affecting safety, especially if we continued to have hot weather and high attendance days (like we expect),” Meyer said. 

“So it’s more of a pre-emptive strike and hopefully protects us from having to shut down for longer than a day in August.”

Lessons and programs scheduled for Wednesday have been moved to Friday.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/31/2012 - 06:49 pm.

    Too much

    peeing in the pool going on.

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