By Ann McCreary

Work on Twisp’s Wagner Memorial Pool is moving forward, and the contractor was preparing to apply a new lining to the pool surface this week.

“The repairs are completed and they are prepping the face of the pool,” Andrew Denham, Twisp public works director, said Tuesday (June 28).

The pool is scheduled to open July 10 or 11, he said.

The renovations are being done to fix leaks that have persisted for years. Work began in May and soon revealed unexpected problems that have delayed the pool’s opening, which usually occurs the first weekend after school is over.

Town officials decided earlier this month to move ahead to complete repairs to the pool this summer, a process that was originally planned to take place in two phases, with completion next year.

Completing all the work at one time was determined to be the best way to protect the pool from further leaking and damage.

Friends of the Pool, a nonprofit community organization, assured town officials that they would raise the money needed to complete the repairs this year. The project is estimated to cost about $170,000.

In another recreation project, Twisp officials are working with a land use planner to determine the scope and cost of designing a community trail system and tennis court, and hope to advertise for construction bids this year, said Denham.

The town is still waiting for an executed agreement with the state Recreation and Conservation Office, which has allocated funding for the projects, before moving ahead, Denham said.