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Aquatic Center gets decked out

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  – The pool at the Peterson Air Force Base Aquatic Center is nearly finished draining. The center will be closed until February while the entire concrete deck area is replaced with a new, safer Air Force blue version. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Dave Smith)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The pool at the Peterson Air Force Base Aquatic Center is nearly finished draining. The center will be closed until February while the entire concrete deck area is replaced with a new, safer Air Force blue version. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Dave Smith)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  – After about a week of draining, the swimming pool at the Peterson Air Force Base Aquatic Center is nearly empty. The pool is drained to allow for the concrete deck to be replaced. The facility will be closed until February.  (Submitted Photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – After about a week of draining, the swimming pool at the Peterson Air Force Base Aquatic Center is nearly empty. The pool is drained to allow for the concrete deck to be replaced. The facility will be closed until February. (Submitted Photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Peterson Air Force Base Aquatic Center closed Nov. 2 for deck replacement. The work is slated for completion within 100 days and the center is expected to reopen in February.

Stephen Steinke, center manager, said the deck's time has come.

"It's at the end of its life cycle," he said. "It is cracked, ugly, worn and not as abrasive, which is a safety concern."

The process of restoring the deck began with draining the pool, which holds hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. Just the draining process takes a week, Steinke said. Since the entire deck area is being replaced, the next step is to remove and store the existing equipment.

"They have to take out the slide, diving board... everything but the sauna," he said. The items will be stored in containers located in the parking area until the project is complete.

While the pool is not in use for a while, Steinke will remain busy planning events and programming improvements to implement once the facility reopens. A white board near his office is covered on both sides with ideas from brain storming sessions.

"We are going to set this place up to become a huge success. We've got some plans for this place. We want to make it into a social hub," Steinke said. "None of the other centers around have the amenities we have."

Steinke has a big grand re-opening celebration in the works.

"We don't have all the details yet, but we are thinking big," he said.

For more information and suggested alternate swimming sites visit the Aquatic Center's web site at: http://www.21fss.com/about/aquatics/

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