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Aquatic center closes for maintenance, upgrades

SHARC shuts down for three weeks beginning Aug. 31

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - The Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center will shutter for three weeks for yearly maintenance and some energy efficiency upgrades.Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) will be closed for annual maintenance and cleaning beginning Monday, Aug. 31.

The facility will remain closed for three weeks, through Sept. 20, to allow for preventative maintenance, repairs, and thorough cleaning of equipment.

In the fall of 2014, Energy Trust of Oregon performed an energy audit and made recommendations on several projects.

Outdated heating and ventilation units in the pool area and locker rooms will be replaced with more efficient units, which will save energy and decrease humidity. In addition, existing lighting units will be replaced with longer-lasting LED lights, which will provide more light in the pool areas while saving energy. Finally, domestic shower water boilers will be replaced with new plate and frame heat exchangers, and tied into the high efficiency boilers.

The main pool will also be drained this year for maintenance and caulking. After the pool has been drained, a special ramp will be constructed from the pool deck to the bottom of the pool, the windows at the side of the building will be removed for access, and an articulating lift will be driven onto the pool floor to facilitate necessary maintenance. The warm water pool will also be drained and painted.

Other maintenance will include servicing all HVAC units, generator maintenance, painting of the pool natatorium area, backflow testing, cleaning and repairing all workout and cardio equipment and major cleaning of the entire facility.

“We greatly appreciate the community’s patience while we rejuvenate SHARC,” said Hillsboro Parks & Recreation aquatics manager Paula Rose. “The aquatic and recreation center is enjoyed by more than 230,000 customers each year. This closure and maintenance work is necessary to extend the lifespan of

the facility for the community.”

Across Ninth Avenue from SHARC, construction of a new 91-space parking lot will begin with expected completion in late fall 2015.

As part of the parking lot construction, a new dropoff area will be added in front of SHARC. The parking lot will serve the patrons at SHARC, Shute Park Library, the Hillsboro Community Senior Center and the park.

SHARC will reopen to the public on Monday, Sept. 21.

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