Flooring in several parts of the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, including the indoor pool, is getting replaced with newer, rubbery material. These two projects passed with 7-0 Mission city council approval in June.
The updates are the latest in maintenance expenditures the city has approved for the center. Mission is also looking into getting new cardio equipment at Sylvester Powell.
The floors being replaced in the cardio room, weight room and main stairwell will cost $66,379 from Quality Custom Flooring. Christy Humerickhouse, parks and recreation director, said the city is saving about $18,800 because the total project budget was $85,000.
Humerickhouse said the new flooring will be thicker rubberized black material with blue and gray chips to complement the updated paint in the building and provide better cushioning in the cardio room.
The council also approved a project to resurface the indoor pool at the community center. The community development committee approved a $57,100 proposal for Mid-America Pool Renovation Inc. to resurface the pool using Diamond Brite material. The project came in $7,100 over the $50,000 in city funds allocated for the project, so the community development committee proposed using savings from the flooring replacement project to address the shortfall, according to committee meeting minutes.
The pool was last resurfaced in 2008, Humerickhouse added. City administrator Laura Smith said the city receives complaints on the pool surface.
In addressing a question of the new material’s durability, Humerickhouse said the new material is not slippery and is smoother than the current finish. Construction and other maintenance will take place during August, she added.
While the indoor pool is closed, visitors can use the outdoor pool, which will open at 6 a.m. for lap swimming.