Council looks to revive old pool bathhouse for public use

The bathhouse for the former pool will have a new life in the coming months as leaks will be repaired, meter replaced, and a new coat of paint. The intended use is for restrooms for Widmeyer Park as well as showers for bikers and campers in the park.

by Geoff Fox

The Hancock park bathhouse that had been used for the old pool is getting a new life as a restroom and bath facility for bikers. Right now, the bathhouse is closed and fenced off.

Faith said Public Works could fix leaks and replace the meter at the structure and turn on the water to see if anything needs replaced.

Faith added he’s been told the bathhouse is in pretty good shape, but the water heater would need to be replaced.

“If we’re going to have hot water in there for showers, it’ll have to be replaced because it’s leaking there,” Faith said. “So I don’t have any problem with that.”

There had been talk previously about getting a local artist to paint the outside of the building, but town officials are looking to paint it a solid color for now with the Public Works and the inmates taking care of the painting.

Kerns said the town could pick out a couple colors and see what color they like best.

A mural can be painted on the bathhouse at a later date. The current restroom building, which was donated by the Lions Club, would be torn down.

Lanehart said he has talked to a couple members of the Lions Club and was told “it would be great if that eyesore was gone.”

The bathhouse project would not be completed by National Night Out, officials said.