Pickleball aficionados, hoopsters, volleyball players and others using the gymnasium at The Pointe will need to call an extended time out this summer.
From Monday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 16, the gym will be closed while the floor is sanded down to bare wood and the surface is refinished and re-striped. The fitness and community center will remain open during the three-week period and other activities will continue.
According to John Hoffman, interim director of parks and recreation, the typical interval for gym floor refinishing is every seven to eight years. The upcoming work will be the first for the gym floor at The Pointe since its opening in 1996.
A small number of companies do most of the floor refinishing at area high schools and colleges, Hoffman said. Professional Floors of St. Louis, Inc., was the only bidder on The Pointe project with a price of $28,314 for a four-week job. Getting the work done in three weeks boosted the total to $33,650.
With $32,500 earmarked for the work in the 2019 budget, Hoffman recommended the four-week time frame. But Mayor Tim Pogue asked the Ballwin Board of Aldermen to consider the shorter period because it would be less of an inconvenience to those who use the gym regularly.
The aldermen agreed and the three-week proposal received unanimous approval.