On the homepage for the Hart swimming pool, a calendar is available for students and others to see what events the pool has scheduled every month. After April, there is nothing listed until September. This may appear to be an error, for spring is swimming season. But it is no error — the swimming pool in the John W. Hart Building will be closed throughout the spring 2019 semester.
Don’t worry though — it’s not forever. The Scheduling Office said that the pool will just be undergoing maintenance and will reopen for fall semester.
Kyle Williams, Facilities Management maintenance and operations manager, said the water filtering system, pumps, piping, heating system and the tile will be replaced and the poll deck will undergo repairs. Andy Johnson, Director of Construction, and David Gay, Campus Architect, are overseeing the work and can give more detailed information.
The pool’s webpage said the pool is six lanes, 25 yards and “serves the BYU-Idaho campus with academic classes in swimming and lifeguarding and several Activities programs such as water polo, swimming, battleship, water aerobics, kayak rolling, scuba certification and indoor triathlons.”
Since the pool will be closed, these classes and programs and group reservations won’t be offered at the Hart pool next semester.
According to Jori Neibaur, human performance and recreation faculty member, the following regularly scheduled classes will not be offered this spring due to the pool closure, so plan accordingly if this will affect your schedule: ESS160 Beginning Swimming, ESS161 Intermediate Swimming, ESS101 Water Aerobics, ESS264 Lifeguard, ESS268 Water Safety Instructor and ESS367 Lifeguard Instructor. These classes were offered this semester and will be again in the next fall and winter semester.
Riley Seymour, a junior studying communication, said it wouldn’t really affect her schedule much, but she does try to attend open swim every Wednesday night with a big group.
“It’s a good time for us to all just hang out and forget about how cold it is outside,” Seymour said.
Seymour said she is sure it will be worth the wait. “It’s a big pool and a big job, so it’s gonna take some time,” she said. “I think it’s a good idea that they are replacing the tile because it gets a bit slippery. Of course, I’m a bit bummed about it, but it should be OK considering that spring is warmer so there are other places to swim during that time.”
After this semester ends, the next earliest scheduled event at the pool is open swimming on Sept. 14 at 5 a.m.