Central Municipal Pool “Bubble” closed to general public due to mechanical issue

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Central Municipal Pool also know as the “Bubble” in Cape Girardeau is temporarily closed to the general public due to a mechanical issue with the heating and air system.

A new system would cost at least $70,000 and likely not arrive for months, according to the City of Cape Girardeau.

The pool is already scheduled for renovations in Spring 2023. So, officials decided not to put up the bubble since the heating and air unit would arrive too late and not be usable in the renovated facility.

Local swim teams will be allowed to use the pool as long as weather allows. They are also looking to other facilities until Central Pool reopens in 2024. Central Pool fitness swimmers will have access to their scheduled times until Oct. 8.

Central Municipal Pool was constructed in 1979 as a joint partnership between Cape Girardeau Public Schools and the city of Cape Girardeau.

Cape voters renewed the Parks, Recreation and Stormwater tax in 2018 with a plan for an aquatics facility at a cost $6 million. The final renovated facility will include the installation of a permanent structure, new decking, new filter system, new chemical treatment system and a new HVAC system. The project is out to bid and city council is expected to approve the contractor in November 2022. Construction is expected to begin in early spring 2023. It should take a year to complete, according to the city of Cape.

Cape Girardeau Public Schools is funding and overseeing the construction of a pool on the campus of Jefferson Elementary School. That facility is under construction. It is expected to open later in 2022. Each pool project is separately funded. However, they are coordinating, and both City of Cape and CGPS will partner in the operations of both pools.

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