The Lompoc Aquatic Center will reopen Monday after being closed four weeks as part of a budget-cutting move.
Registrations for swim lessons, lap swim passes, water exercise and many other related aquatic programs are currently being accepted. Also, private party rental reservations are being taken.
Many programs will begin Monday, however, the first recreation swim of the new year will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 and 17, and will continue Monday, Jan. 18 for the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday.
During city budget hearings in May, the City Council voted to accept the following cost-cutting measures at the pool: increase fees based on a market survey, close the facility for six weeks and modify program offerings to revise hours of operation. It is anticipated that the measures will save the city $100,000 per year, according to city staff.
The closure included four weeks of shut down and two weeks of maintenance. Aquatic facilities require an annual maintenance to administer preventive and repair work on the pools, deck and bath house. To prepare for reopening, city recreation staff has been cleaning the pool, repainting areas of heavy use, and other minor touch-ups in the 3-year-old building.
On Saturday, part-time personnel came together for their regularly scheduled, mandatory in-service training to review Department Policies and Procedures, lifeguarding and rescue skills, and program operations to prepare for Monday’s opening.
There is still time to register for aquatic class, or book private parties. Space is still available in many swim lessons and exercise class and registrations are being accepted at the Anderson Recreation Center, 125 W. Walnut Ave., or by calling the office at 875-8100.