PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — After a fire destroyed the Randolph Park pool house on Friday, May 26, just days before it was set to open, the Pulaski County Parks and Recreation Department says the Evelyn Alexander Waterpark is closed until further notice.
On May 27, representatives of the department posted on the Randolph Park Pool Facebook page, that its Parks and Recreation operations will continue as follows:
1. The Evelyn Alexander Waterpark Aquatic Building is a complete loss. When you visit Randolph Park, you will find this area to be secured with fencing. Please respect these physical barriers and help us keep everyone safe.
2. All Parks and Recreation sports will continue as normal. All games scheduled next week, and moving forward, are a go!
3. All scheduled weekend baseball/softball tournaments will continue as normal.
4. All scheduled and future shelter reservations will continue as normal. All shelter facilities have been inspected and confirmed to be safe and accessible.
5. Walking trails, fields, playgrounds, shelters, public restrooms, the disc golf course etc. remain safe, accessible, and available for use!
Starting on Tuesday, May 30th, the Parks and Recreation offices will be temporarily relocated to the Bat and Ball Sports Complex at Randolph Park. Park officials say the Randolph Park Main Office line is not available, but they can be reached by emailing or texting:
- Jenna Kinder, Program and Activities Manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 540-744-6273.
- CJ Burgis, Recreation Coordinator can be reached by emailing email@example.com.
“Please allow us several days to regroup and put together all the information that each of you need regarding next steps. Our team is committed to having a great summer and look forward to connecting with you soon on how we’re going to make that happen,” said the department in a Facebook post.
Parks and Recreation Director, Shay Dunnigan says their team is still trying to figure things out.
“We did have a meeting at 3:00 p.m. We are trying to get on the right track with the next step forward, and hopefully finalize somethings on that end,” said Dunnigan.
He adds investigators are still looking into what caused the fire.
“You know from the adjuster coming to insurance purposes thing of that nature, so it’s too early to see if there is going to be water back in the pool this year, but there will be a pool in the water again,” said Dunnigan.
For more information about sports, meetings, and summer camp information, visit Pulaski County Parks and Recreation website.
“This is a staple of our community and not just for our community the New River Valley, even people from other states travel here,” said Dunnigan.
WFXR News will update you as additional details become available.