Petersburg’s swimming pool is closed this week until further notice as the borough works to fix problems with heating and air handling systems at the public facility during a cold spell.
The first problem was with boilers that shut down early this week. Facility supervisor Stephanie Payne says staff discovered the problem Monday morning. Pool water temperature had dropped to 74 degrees. Payne says the boilers have since been restarted, however by Wednesday the water temp had not warmed up enough to reopen. The borough’s Parks and Recreation department announced that both the lap pool and leisure pool are closed until further notice.
A new problem surfaced by Wednesday afternoon, an issue with the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Those systems are not circulating air, creating humid, cool air above the pool.
Local company Fleet Refrigeration has been working on the issues this week along with borough and school staff.
Practices for the Viking Swim Club and school swimming programs are impacted by the closure.
The community gym, fitness, weight room and sauna all remain open. The building does have hot water for showers and sinks.
Petersburg’s pool also was shut down for two weeks in the spring of 2015 as damage was repaired from a fire in the wiring of the two boilers. Another cold spell closed the building with a frozen coil in the air handling system in 2007. The facility opened in 2006.
This week-long cold snap has seen temps around zero degrees overnight. It’s forecast to ease by this weekend. Home and business owners have also been dealing with frozen pipes.