Oro Valley Aquatic Center

A construction worker packs dirt around the foundation of the new pool as part of the new Oro Valley Aquatic Center.

J.D. Fitzgerald/The Explorer

The completion of the 50-meter pool (Phase I) at the Oro Valley Aquatics Center has been extended to mid-September from its original August deadline. Town staff said the delay came as a result of the discovery of unanticipated structural issues, including damaged and rusted rebar, cracks at the bottom of the existing pool, and delaminated sections of concrete. The monsoon storm activity were also a reason for the delay.

Town Manager Greg Caton assured the final product will be still be the quality product promised to the public.

“When renovating a 40-year-old pool, these types of unforeseen circumstances can arise,” he said. “However, we continue to make sound decisions that will ensure a quality facility for the next 40-plus years. That includes revising our original completion date for Phase I.”

Though no major events are scheduled for the Aquatics Center until March, the delay will mean that Oro Valley’s swim teams will need to temporarily find another swim facility to use. Efforts by Town staff have helped resolve this issue. Amphitheater High School has agreed to accommodate students from Ironwood Ridge and Canyon Del High School, and Flowing Wells will allow Pusch Ridge Christian Academy the use of their swim facility.

Phase II of the project, which includes other elements like a slide, splash pad, and 25-yard pool, are still scheduled for the original completion date of March 2013 from its original February deadline.

The Town plans to host a milestone celebration for the completion of Phase I, with details to be determined.

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