DELPHOS — A new 2,888-square-foot pool house was opened June 21 at the Stadium Park pool in Delphos. An open house and ribbon cutting to show off the completed project was held Sunday night.
The upgrades were made possible through the efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Delphos and the Delphos Stadium Club.
“We were hot on the heels of finishing the splash pad a couple of years ago and felt this would really be a nice addition for the water park,” said Cindy Metzger, treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Delphos.
“They (the Kiwanis Club of Delphos) spearheaded the splash pad and so we jumped on board and helped them with the splash pad. Then it seemed like the logical next step to build a new pool house to accommodate all of the additional patrons of the pool and splash pad,” said Clara Hanf, a director of the Stadium Club.
The project included new restrooms, changing areas, shower facilities, a new concession stand as well as new office space and an improved lifeguard station.
The original shower and restroom facility was built in 1941 as part of the Works Progress Administration and hadn’t been updated since.
“We went from a 1941-era building to 2019 so the handicap accessibility and just the overall condition of the building was getting real bad over there and a fantastic update for the community for 50-60 years to come hopefully,” said Jamey Wisher, city parks employee and a Kiwanis Club member
The project was originally estimated to cost $250,000 but because of donations from businesses, individuals and foundations they were able to secure $340,000. The A.C. Dientsberger Foundation alone donated more than $156,000 to the project. The extra money that was donated help to other things that weren’t originally planned including upgrades in refrigeration and freezer storage and upgrades to the heating and cooling system as well as new tiling throughout the building.
“We started a little before two weeks into the year pulling up the old concrete fence and really got at it the first of the year and worked through some bad weather but we got her done and before all the weather come, we got the majority of it under roof and trucked away and finished up in the middle of June. Everything’s been great. It’s been working out. Attendance has been good and the people have really enjoyed it,” said Wisher.
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