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Collier Pool closed due to vandalism

Posted: 5:51 PM, Jun 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-18 18:51:03-04

Timing hasn’t really been a trademark of the Collier Pool.

The $2.5 million reconstruction project was finished a year ago and a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the pool and the ‘wind and wave.’ artwork was supposed to happen today.

The event was on schedule till vandals threw in a gallon of black paint in the pool.

"So it happened over the weekend, one evening. We were able to shut the pool down and make sure we could get it cleaned up as quickly as possible," said Jay Ellington, Director of the Corpus Christi Park and Recreation.

Workers were able to get about 90% of the black paint out,  but, work had to be halted because of the weather.

"So if it’s stormy and thunder and lightning, that kind of thing. We are not going to be in the pool, obviously, safety is number one concern," said Aquatics program manager Ashley Rioux.

When will kids be allowed to swim in the Collier pool again? 

"However it takes us to clean up everyone has to go to other pools or stay home. It’s summer its hot and they ruined it for a lot of people," concluded Rioux.