City and Cleburne ISD officials gathered Tuesday at Splash Station to cut the ribbon on and formally unveil the water facility’s new dome.
Installation of the dome makes winter hours once again possible for Splash Station’s competition pool after a layoff of more than a year.
The pool’s winter lap swim hours are 6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $3.
The domed area is also available for birthdays and other events on Saturdays.
Vandals destroyed the former dome in December 2017.
Cleburne City Council members earlier this year voted to hire Yeadon Domes to replace the former air-supported dome at a cost not to exceed $116,854.
The council in late December 2017 hired Charter Matrix Group to do the same for $110,900 but the company failed to carry through, city officials said in April.
Loss of the dome also affected the Cleburne High School swim team, who practice at Splash Station. Swim students carried on the best they could during the winter months of 2017 and 2018.
CISD Community Relations Director Lisa Magers welcomed the return of the dome.
“Tuesday was a day of celebration for our community and our CHS swim team, with the ribbon cutting for the new dome at Splash Station,” Magers said. “Our students have shown extreme perseverance and tenacity in the many months leading up to this, as they practiced and competed on the coldest of winter days without the protection of the dome.
“Splash Station adds so much to the quality of life we enjoy here in Cleburne — and it adds a great dimension to our swim program at CHS.”
CHS swim coach Joey Ennis agreed.
“We used to have to cancel practices,” Ennis said. “But being able to practice year-round will help us qualify for state.”
It’s been a long wait, Cleburne Community Liaison Gayle White said, but the new dome is one Cleburne can be proud of.
“We got a much better product at the end of the day,” City Manager Steve Polasek said. “We’ve taken additional safeguards to hopefully keep this dome in good condition for the next 15 plus years.”
CHS junior and swim team member Matthew Harman said that, with temperatures dropping, the new dome is much appreciated.
“It’s great that I don’t have to stop doing what I love,” Harman said.