Grand Re-opening of Desert Hills Pool & Spa

The gloomy, overcast weather didn’t deter about 40 members, staff, board members, and water aerobics students from attending this morning’s Grand Re-opening celebration of the Desert Hills Center pool and spa at 9 am. The festivities included beach music, balloons, Hawaiian leis, and breakfast refreshments for everyone attending the event.

Senior Recreation Supervisor Maureen McCarthy greeted all attending, introduced staff, Board Vice President Tony Zabicki and Board Secretary Jim Nelson, and explained improvements made to the pool and newly replastered spa.

Facilities Supervisor David Coy demonstrated the new “Snap-lok” ladders and the moveable divider that can unhooked and pushed aside during the water aerobics class. Two new “Snap-lok” pool ladders pivot up out of the pool on hinges so that a swimmer can use the outside swim lane.

Following the brief welcome and demonstration, the Water Aerobics Class took to the newly enhanced pool for their class.

The cost to for the pool project was $10,786 and will be funded from GVR’s general operating fund. In 2017, the pool area decking is scheduled for replacement.

The pool was closed on July 5 for replastering of the spa, and the installation of lane anchors and dividers for the swim lanes. The plaster finish in the spa is an upgraded StoneScapes Mini Pebble Tec, and is expected to last over 10 years.


• The Desert Hills Center pool and spa was built in 1981.
• The pool holds 98,200 gallons of water.
• The main pool body surface area is 90′ X 40′.
• The pool’s depth ranges from 3′ to 6′ with 3 swim lanes.
• The average daily water temperature is 84 degrees.
• The spa is 13-6′ square and holds 4,000 gallons.
• The depth of the spa is 3-1/2′ deep and the average water temperature is 102 degrees.