Recreation department gets maintenance facelift

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Aug 30, 2013
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Audley Elder, a member of the aquatic staff at the Waynesville Recreation Department, pressure washes the outside of the building.

The Waynesville Recreation Department closed for its annual maintenance last week and staff members worked nonstop to spruce up the building.

The center reopened yesterday where members were greeted with freshness both inside and out.

The recreation center closes its doors for about one week every year to scrub down the pool and all of its equipment and activity rooms.

“It takes a lot of coordination to close, especially with so many weekend activities. The weekend right after school starts is usually the best time,” said Rhett Langston, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

With so many areas to clean and revamp, the staff has been hard at work re-varnishing the wooden floors, mopping and polishing the floors, painting equipment and rails, repairing signs and washing the windows.

“A lot of people don’t understand that there’s a lot of maintenance behind the scenes,” Langston said.

Perhaps one of the biggest maintenance jobs is draining and cleaning the pool. Once the pool is drained and cleaned from top to bottom, the water is replaced and has to be reheated to the right temperature.

Langston said other large improvements included re-carpeting the childcare center, repairing tiles on the ceiling and pressure washing the outside of the building.

“We have more than 145,000 people who come in here, and with all those people, we get a lot of dings and all kinds of repairs we have to do,” Langston said.

In addition, Jonathan Yates, Waynesville’s horticulturist, has re-landscaped the outside look of the building. So far, the bushes beside the front entrance have been removed and grass was planted in its place. Smaller plants or flowers will also be planted in the beds, Langston said.

Computer program training for recreation center staff was also offered through the week.

 

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