VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – The count-down is on, again, for the Rainbow Beach Pool to open in Vincennes. To keep sinking spirits afloat, Vincennes Parks officials demonstrated a new piece of gear Wednesday.
Parks officials demonstrated water based playground structure, that when operational, will dump hundreds of gallons of water on swimmers and bystanders. Since missing its opening day deadline, officials noted construction crews had been working at a grueling pace to get the pool operational.
“They just put it up over the last 3 days over memorial day weekend. They worked about 12 hours a day to get this done,” said Vincennes City Parks Department Superintendent, Steve Beaman.
Beaman said Wednesday’s equipment test run means the countdown to getting the pool open and running is on. Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum shared the same thought process.
“This just means we’re one step closer to getting this place open,” said Mayor Yochum.
The pool, which fell behind schedule in early 2014 due to a hard freeze and heavy spring rainfalls, is scheduled to open in Mid June, according to city officials.
“I know we’re a little bit behind schedule getting this pool open, but we’d just as soon be done, and done right, we’re not trying to rush anything and when it’s finished we’ll get it open and I look forward to that day,” said Yochum.
The Mayor also stated that it was the people of Vincennes who voted up the measure to install the new pool, and that waiting a few more days will make the first swim that much better.
“When they get it finished we’ll get it back open, it may be a few weeks late, but that’s ok,” he said.
The $3.5 Million facility features a massive tower with two (2) water slides attached, a splash area playground, the pool, and a number of other amenities.
When asked if the Mayor was going to be the first one to jump in on opening day, he replied “No!” with laughter and said the first ones in the pool would be kids who took part in a drawing contest.