Aspen Recreaction Center pool area closes temporarily |

Aspen Recreaction Center pool area closes temporarily

Inside the Aspen Recreation Center's aquatics center, which is closed until Nov. 9 due to installation of its new water slide.
Jeremy Wallace/The Aspen Times |

The ASPEN recreation center’s hours will remain the same during the aquatics center closure:

Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

It’s out with the old and in with the new as the Aspen Recreation Center replaces its water slide.

While the pool area undergoes construction, the recreation center’s aquatics center, which includes the family pool, lap pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, will be closed until Nov. 9.

It’s a major construction project but one that is the price of safety, operations manager Erin Hutchings said of the $166,900 renovation.

“Slides have a life, and this slide is at its lifetime,” Hutchings said.

The slide that was removed had been in place since the recreation center opened in April 2003, Hutchings said.

The new slide will take on a steeper, figure-8 shape, versus the old slide’s double loop at the bottom. The entrance to the slide also will be covered, unlike the former slide’s open surface at the top, Hutchings said.

Business at the center has been noticeably slower since the closure, as the aquatics center gets such a large portion of the facility’s use, Hutchings said.

“As staff, we miss the hustle and noise,” she said. “It’s never the best news to say, ‘Oh, by the way, you can’t swim for two weeks.’ But the public has been very understanding and forgiving, and we’re very grateful they have been that way.”

While the aquatics center is closed, the recreation center is offering its users a discounted daily admission fee of $5.50.

Hutchings anticipates the center is on track for its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Nov. 9.

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