Children take turns on Wibit pool inflatables at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center. The black-colored tape on the pool’s floor has bubbled up and needs to be removed. The pool will temporarily close on Feb. 6 for three weeks as the repairs are made. [Photo by Murice D. Miller / Moab Sun News]

Swim while you still can.

The indoor pool at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center (MRAC) is closing for about three weeks for repairs beginning on Feb. 6.

The repairs will include replacing the sand filters in the facility and taking out sections of the pool’s floor and routine maintenance that will require draining the water from the pool, MRAC Director Terry Lewis said.

Lewis said draining the pool, making repairs and refilling it will take about three weeks and anticipates the pool will be ready for reopening at the beginning of March.

The lane marker tape on the bottom and shallow end of the pool “consisted of apparently defective material” when it was installed, Lewis said. The tape has separated from the floor and “bubbled up,” causing a trip hazard.

“The tape cannot be removed as it is chemically bonded to the membrane covering the pool bottom, so it will be cut out and replaced with tile,” Lewis said. “In addition, there are some pinholes in the actual pool membrane which need to be repaired.”

The rest of the MRAC facility will remain open while the pool repairs and other work are completed, Moab City Communications Manager Lisa Church said in a press release.

The estimated cost to repair the pool will be in the range of $20,000, Church said.

Fitness center hours and classes will run according to the regular schedule and showers will be available.

To compensate patrons, Lewis said all aquatic and inclusive memberships that are active as of the time of the pool closure will be extended for a time equal to the length of the closure.

In addition, some fitness classes will be offered in lieu of certain water aerobics classes. These classes will be available to regular water aerobics attendees only. Class punch passes, SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit and AARP Medicare Supplement passes will be accepted.

“We recognize that this will have a considerable impact upon our users and hope that the extension of their aquatic memberships and offering of our other services will help to lessen the sting,” Lewis said. “We appreciate everyone’s forbearance. We all want to keep our community’s facility in optimum condition.”

For more information, or for questions regarding the pool closure, contact the MRAC staff by calling 435-259-8226 or via email at

Aquatic memberships will be extended to compensate patrons