April 4, 2014

Ratner pool to close during summer

The Myers-McLoraine Pool at the Ratner Athletic Center will be closing for the summer as it undergoes extensive renovations, according to an announcement posted on the University Athletics website.

For fifteen weeks between June 2 and September 12, the pool will be closed to “address issues” with the hand-hold structure around the interior perimeter of the pool and the tiles in the pool basin and on the pool deck, according to the announcement.

The maintenance work will require the pool to be drained and refilled several times, which necessitates the long closure.

Since opening in 2003, the pool typically has been closed for only one week a year to perform minor maintenance. This project has been in the works for two years, but this does not mean that recent pool visitors were swimming in hazardous conditions, Jason Weber, the director of aquatics at the University, said in an e-mail. “[There are] no structural issues with the pool or leaks of any kind. We would never put our students and patrons in any type of harm or risk by using our facility,” Weber wrote.

University spokesperson Jeremy Manier declined to give an estimate for the price of the renovation.