NAVARRE — The long-awaited enclosure for the Holley by the Sea lap pool is finally over.
In September, HBTS board of directors approved building a permanent structure over the lap pool at the recreation center. The discussion for the structure came after the rec center staff had issues with the temporary pool dome that goes up during winter months. The metal building will be more functional and will eliminate the extra labor needed to install the pool dome.
The custom-built steel building features eight roll-up doors, double-entry doors, skylights, fans and a heater/dehumidifying system, changing rooms and a pool lift for handicap access. The structure will be able to accommodate any season. Elements of the structure were also created to match the design of the rec center.
"This is definitely an accomplishment," said General Manager April Salazar. "It helps when you have a good board that backs you. Now, we can move forward with other projects."
Salazar estimates an average of 200-300 people use the lap pool each day during the summer. The rec center has a total of three pools including the lap pool, a family pool and a kid's wading pool.
"The pools are used by our own swim team, ladies water aerobics ... a ton of members enjoy the amenity," Salazar said.
The lap pool officially opened on Jan. 23, but there may be minor closures to work on plumbing and piping, Salazar said. HBTS will celebrate the grand re-opening of the pool and new structure on Feb. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the rec center, located at 6748 Navarre Pkwy.
"Holley by the Sea is a unique entity," Salazar said. "It's nice for the members to come out and fully enjoy their money at work."