Residents and visitors now have access to the Bullhead City Community Pool, located at 2255 Trane Road, for year-round activities, thanks to the recent installation of eight pool heat pumps. The installation of solar panels to offset the electrical costs of operating the heat pumps is the second phase of the project.
Phase 2 will take approximately four weeks to complete and is slated to begin January 23, 2017.
“To see this project coming to fruition is very rewarding,” said Project Manager and Barracudas Swim Team Head Coach Ed Catalfamo. “This new amenity for our community is going to mean so much too so many of our citizens.”
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Bullhead City Barracudas Swim Team and the Legacy Foundation on such a great, worthwhile, community amenity,” said Recreation Manager Dave Heath. “Our most frequent recreation question we get every year is why we don’t have swim year- round. This heat pump system is offset by solar power, coupled with the solar covers, is the most cost effective and efficient way to heat the pool.”
Heath added that the local swim team has stepped up to cover the initial costs associated with heating the pool.
Heath stated, “due to this reduced expense, the Barracudas Swim Team has offered to cover the cost of the electric until the solar panel installation has been completed so they and the community can begin practice and water exercise.”
Swimming enthusiasts will be able to participate in programs like water aerobics, lap swimming and aqua therapy/exercise throughout the winter months.
“This project will also give our competitive youth swimmers the tools they need to compete at a higher level throughout high school and on into the collegiate level,” said Catalfamo.
“It will benefit so many in our community; and is the largest improvement project at the pool since the construction of the pool 25 years ago,” said Heath. “I would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors, the City, the Legacy Foundation and the Barracudas for working so diligently on this project.”
The pool is now open Monday through Friday every week for lap swim and water aerobics from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. AZ time. Swim team practice will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. AZ time.