Rainbow Pool project moves forward despite rough winter

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Despite a hard freeze, some ice, and several snows, progress is moving along at the future home of the soon-to-be Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center in Vincennes. Constructions crews on Wednesday worked on the center’s main structure.

The thought of the new Aquatic center, coming this summer, has lots of people talking in Knox County, which has made the Vincennes Parks and Recreation Department’s Superintendent, Steve Beaman, an impromptu superstar.

“It’s kind of funny last night [Tuesday] someone stopped me and said how many times a day have you been stopped and asked about the pool and it’s probably about 5 or 10 times everyday,” said Beaman.

At the pool site Wednesday, Beaman talked about the construction progress and noted it was important to keep this pool project on track because of it’s deeply routed history in Vincennes.

“This was the place for the last 75 years that families came to swim, and not having it last year, and the possibility of not having it all, I think you know brought this whole project to pass right now,” said Beaman.

Major issues with the pool’s structure forced the Parks Department to close it in 2012. City leaders discussed options for the pool’s future, like rebuilding, fixing, or starting from scratch. The city brought its residents a vote, and residents voted on a brand new structure; a process that was initiated through public referendum. Beaman talked about how the referendum process seemed like it was just yesterday.

“Now here we are ya know, three months from the finish line and ya know, everyday there’s people driving through the park looking at it,” he added. Beaman noted the hard winter had taken its toll on the crew, but despite the deep freeze and wicked winter weather, the project was staying on schedule.

Beaman joked, the construction crew may not be the issue for getting the pool open on time. “We’ve been joking, that with school, not knowing when they’re going to get out, you know, 90% of our guards are high school aged kids” said Beaman. “We’re not behind schedule, maybe a week to 10 days. We’re still looking at that memorial day, the 26th through the 31st that week of opening this facility.

 

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