Plano Aquatic Center closed to examine cracks around pool grates

Plano Aquatic Center staff members closed the center's doors Oct. 9 after a staff investigation of the center noted several cracks in sections of grating around the indoor pool. The investigation occurred after an accident at the site in August when a man's leg went through a collapsed grate.

The city has now closed the center in order to resolve the issues while the city's risk management and facilities departments work with Rimkus Consulting Group to investigate the situation and determine if the problem is related to the recent renovation of the facility, said Steve Stoler, director of media relations for the city.

At this time, Stoler said there is no expected timeline on when the center will reopen, but the city is redirecting residents to visit Oak Point Center, 6000 Jupiter Road, and Tom Muehlenbeck Center, 5801 W. Parker Road. Harry Rowlinson Community Natatorium, 1712 Avenue P, will also serve to accommodate some of the aquatic programs from Plano Aquatic Center.

"We appreciate their understanding and cooperation while we evaluate and address this matter," Stoler said. "The city is asking for understanding in this matter and pledges to open the Aquatic Center as soon as possible. At this time, there is no timeline on when it will reopen."