Natchitoches Needs a New City Pool

City Pool built in 1954

Dwight David Eisenhower was President of the United States. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was a bit over 400. Color televisions were a year old but were far from common. In another historical note, the City of Natchitoches began construction of the city swimming pool. The year was 1954 and that pool is still in service, quite a bit worse for wear after almost 70 years.

There is no way around it, the city pool has served our city well since 1954, but it is long past time to replace it. Mayor Ronnie Williams was joined by city leaders and representatives from EJES, an engineering and construction firm, in presenting four different plans for a new city pool and soliciting public feedback.

Natchitoches Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Warner and Pool Manager Kellie Fuller detailed the problems of the aging pool infrastructure. The pool leaks water. The pumps and the chlorination system are old and prone to failure. The pool no longer has a deep end, making swimming and lifeguard instruction difficult as well as detracting from the children’s experience. Quite simply, the pool has become a money pit that can not be brought back fully into economical service.

Mayor Williams stated that there was between 1.8 and 2 million dollars to construct a new pool. The four options range in expense from a relatively inexpensive option one outdoor pool to option four that boasts a glass roof. An audience of civic leaders and local citizens were able to see architectural drawings and voice their opinions as to the best way forward.