Summer fun on tap in Vale as pool sets Wednesday opening date

The Vale pool will open for the summer Wednesday. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons).

VALE – City residents will be splishing and splashing for free this Wednesday at the Vale City Pool.

City Manager Russ Kirkpatrick said last week the popular local venue will open for the summer after more than a week of repair work to fix a broken pipe that delivers hot water from the geothermal wells southeast of town.

 “I have been racing to get this thing open,” said Kirkpatrick Friday.

Kirkpatrick said the city will cover costs for all swimmers Wednesday.

The pool has been shuttered because of state COVID-19 restrictions and reopens under certain restrictions. For example, swimmers must maintain physical distancing of at least six feet and the pool must post signs listing COVID-19 symptoms and . . .