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YMCA pool and slides going up

Monday, April 16, 2012

Workers at the Monett Area YMCA construction site labored Friday to anchor one leg of the 180-foot body flume. The slide will exit the building, make a 90-degree turn, enter the other side of the building and drop its rider from an elevation of 18 feet into the leisure pool. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts]
Work continues at the Monett Area YMCA facility, with body flumes for the leisure pool going up this week.

Jim Tsikas, project superintendent for Westport Pools, is overseeing construction on the pool portion of the facility, which will offer area residents a variety of water-based fun.

Tsikas has been project manager for other theme park water features, including both Disneyland and Disney World, Six Flags of St. Louis, and Busch Gardens Watercountry as well as numerous high school and college competitive pool construction projects.

Jim Tsikis, project manager for pool construction at the Monett Area YMCA, briefly reviews plans for the facility as crews prepared to install one of two body flumes last week. The first is a 180-foot speed flume that makes a 90-degree turn, and the other a 360-degree turn, before both end by dumping the rider into the leisure pool. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts]
"This pool has a lot of features," Tsikas said. "I think the kids will enjoy it."

The eight-lane competition pool, measuring 73-by-63-feet, will feature a 15-foot high rock climbing wall that angles out over the deep (12-feet) end of the pool, as well as a one-meter diving board. The pool will hold about 266,000 gallons of water.

A water volleyball court has also been planned for the shallow (four-feet) end of the competition pool.

In the blueprint above, the splash pad area of the new YMCA facility indicates where the water features will be located. The splash pad will have no standing water, making the area safe for toddlers and children. Water features will be activated by an interactive launch button. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts]
The leisure pool, which will be three to three and a half feet deep, will hold 43,000 gallons of water and will feature a vareity of activities for younger children, including a lily pad walk, which is a moving challenge for kids and adults to walk across five floating pads.

"There will be netting above the lily pads for kids to hang on to as they go across," Tsikas said.

"The leisure pool will also have a river current and a basketball hoop," he continued. "There will also be an interactive launch pad that activates bubblers, deck jets, water curtains, water cannons and tipping buckets. Kids really like those features."

The leisure pool will also sport two body flumes that will have an 18-foot drop in elevation.

"The first slide -- the speed slide -- is 180-feet long and the flume will go outside of the building, make a 90-degree turn, come back inside the building and drop into the pool," Tsikas said. "The second slide, 100-feet long, will also go outside of the building and make a 360-degree turn before coming back into the building and dropping into the pool."

The facility will also feature a splash pad area, measuring 43 feet by 22 feet. It will have no standing water, making it safe for toddlers and young children.

"The splash pad will have bubblers, aqua arches, water spouts, an over and under and a mushroom maze," Tsikas said. "There will also be painted characters such as Finn the Fish, Star Fish, Kirby Crab and Ollie Octopus, that will all spout water, too."

The facility will be served by a state-of-the-art filtration system that includes sand filters and ultraviolet light treatment of the recycled water.

"The pool managers will be able to cut down on the amount of chemicals that are used," Tsikis said. The filtration system will eliminate common pool irritants, which include a heavy chlorine smell and "red eye" for swimmers.

"The ultraviolet lights will take care of microorganisms in the water that can cause illnesses," Tsikas said. "The pool will also be heated."

The pool will run on pump motors that have variable frequency drives.

"Those are very energy efficient," Tsikas said. "The motor will only consume 25 percent as much power at 63 percent speed than it will at 100 percent speed. It's a really nice, cost-saving feature."

Work at the Monett Area YMCA has progressed over the winter with relatively few delays. The new facility meets all 2012 Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

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