The Pataskala Municipal Pool could reopen any day now, depending on the results of an inspection last week, Pataskala Recreation Association secretary Ann Walther told Pataskala City Council on May 21.

The Pataskala Municipal Pool could reopen any day now, depending on the results of an inspection last week, Pataskala Recreation Association secretary Ann Walther told Pataskala City Council on May 21.

She said the association planned a community open house May 25, although the pool itself would likely still be closed for swimming.

"We've had an exceptional experience bringing the pool back to the community," Walther said.

The Pataskala pool has been closed for three years due to a lack of funding, but, she said, roughly 200 volunteers provided "countless hours" of work to renovate the pool. The goal was to reopen the pool to swimmers this weekend, although the inspection could push it back.

"Because the pool has been closed for three years, I understand it's getting a higher level inspection and the inspector will look at more than just the pool fixture," Mayor Steve Butcher said last week.

He said the inspection should include all pool operations, such as security fencing, restrooms, the chemical system and safety equipment.

"If the inspector sees everything he needs, then they will be allowed to open," he said. "Should the inspector see something that prevents a license being issued (May 24), then the problem will need to be fixed and a re-inspection completed in the coming week."

Walther told council that every Saturday since March, volunteers have been at the pool painting and cleaning. She said electrical and mechanical systems were rebuilt, security lights were upgraded, concrete work was completed and ice machines were added.

"And, of course, you can't miss the furniture," she said.

Walther said most contract work was provided at cost or free of charge.

She said the pool was filled May 23 in anticipation of the May 25 open house, which she said would give people a chance to see all the "behind the scenes stuff," even if swimming is not yet permitted.

Walther said there have been several challenges readying the pool, including a large pole in the pool area.

"We're trying to address that and see how we can make that look a little better," she said.

The recreation association continues to grapple with installing a lift for the disabled. Walther said she believes a lift may cost roughly $6,500, which is nearly twice as expensive as she originally anticipated.

Walther's husband, Andy, told council members that he's been advised to wait to purchase the lift. He said the pool is required to have a lift next year, but doesn't need one to open this year.

He said there are many different types of lifts, some more expensive than others.

"A lot of people have jumped to order these and they'll be sorry they did that because (inspectors) will make them change it," he said.

He said he wants a lift to be available now, but he believes it makes economic sense to wait until later this summer to purchase one.