EUGENE, Ore. — The Sheldon Pool and Fitness Center is ready to reopen with a series of upgrades after more than a year of construction, Eugene city officials said.

Officials say the 55-year-old Sheldon Pool and Fitness Center closed in late spring 2021 for expansion and renovations. The facility is scheduled to reopen on September 26 and will feature upgrades such as a new indoor hot water pool, hot tub on the main pool deck, renovated locker rooms and added family locker rooms, repainted pool tanks , an enlarged car park and solar installations. roof panels. City of Eugene officials say these improvements will allow for even better swimming and fitness programs after a long time away from the community.

Eugene officials said the project cost about $10.1 million. The funding was provided through a Parks and Recreation bond measure passed by Eugene voters in May 2018. Eugene officials admit the project suffered several delays that prevented the planned opening of the installation in the spring of 2022, and said that while the extended closure of one of the community’s three pools was a hardship, they did not want to reopen the pool until it was ready for use.

“We were disappointed that the delays prevented the pool from opening earlier,” said Eugene Recreation Director Craig Smith, “but we didn’t want to open a pool that wasn’t safe or ready to employment.”