The wait for this summer's opening of the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center may be nearly over.
    The pool could open Sunday, 12 days later than originally scheduled. Wet weather late last month and earlier this month delayed the installation of a new liner, which delayed the pool’s opening.
    It was necessary to have several consecutive days of dry weather before An All Seasons Foam Coating and Service workers could begin installing the Versaflex Polyuria liner, which won’t crack like the existing plaster, Parks and Recreation Director David Withers said.
    Workers began drying and cleaning the pool Sunday and began working Tuesday to spray on the four-coat liner, Withers said. The city could begin filling the 194,000-gallon-pool Friday but that time frame — including a possible Sunday opening — is tentative, Withers said. It will take some time to get the chemical levels set right, he said.
    Brownwood City Council members approved a $118,000 bid last month with All Seasons Foam Coating and Services to install a liner over the existing plaster. The Versaflex Polyuria system is used on many industrial tanks and pools and is flexible, so it won’t crack like plaster, council members were told.
    The intent was to have the liner installed in time for a May 31 opening, but the multiple days of wet weather delayed that plan.
    The six-year-old pool has had two major repairs in the past two years that cost more than $20,000. Those repairs included repairing several cracks in the plaster that caused leaks.
    The company that built the pool said the plaster needs to be replaced every seven years at a cost of about $127,500.
    Parks and Recreation officials wanted to have the lining installed now because the plaster was repaired a few weeks ago, so there are no current leaks, council members were told earlier. It was desirable to install the liner now rather than waiting until the next budget year, when additional cracks would have to be repaired.
    Another benefit to installing the liner is that the pool will not require chemicals or the operation of pumps for the nine months it is not open to the public, creating savings in expenses and manpower, council members were told.
    Funds from the new Certificates of Obligation that are expected to be issued this summer will be used to reimburse the city for the expense.