BEND, OR -- The Bend Park and Recreation District is getting the Juniper Swim and Fitness Center ready for warmer days ahead. "The big thing that happens is the uncovering of the 50 meter pool," says the district's Director of Recreation Services, Matt Mercer. "People enjoy it year-round, but it’s an outdoor facility during the summer, so it’s always kind of a hallmark of the coming of summer to take down the pool cover. That’s occurring this week, so by the end of the week we’ll have a 50 meter outdoor pool."
Crews began Monday taking the cover off, and Mercer says it's no simple task. "That’s a 30,000 square-foot structure; essentially a really large tent. It’s under a tension membrane system, so it’s a week job with four or five guys out there working."
Weather permitting, the outdoor activity pool will open for weekends only, starting Memorial Day Weekend. Mercer says people are ready for summer activities. "Swimming is super popular, so people really can’t wait for that activity pool to open, and families to be able to enjoy long days of summer swimming. But, a lot of outdoor activities are very popular. Our summer camp programs, particularly for people who need all-day childcare; we have a variety of summer camp opportunities." The district's Summer "Playbook"
has a complete listing of offerings. Online registration is available