Those looking to beat the returning heat in Starkville by taking to the water in the city's parks may have to wait through the week.
The city of Starkville’s Parks and Recreation Department has closed the public pool at Moncrief Park for maintenance for most of the week, while the city’s other water park at the J.L. King Splash Pad, is facing its own issues that prompted a closure.
The department gave an update on Tuesday, saying the Moncrief pool would not be open before Friday, as that is when the replacement parts for the pump are scheduled to arrive.
The department made the announcement on social media Monday morning, saying the pool could be closed until at least Thursday.
Parks and Recreation Executive Director Gerry Logan said the filter system reportedly went down over the weekend and city officials anticipate it will take several days to get the parts and work done to repair it.
The parts will first have to be installed and water quality checked before the pool can reopen, Logan said. Saturday is the current target date for reopening the pool.
In an unrelated maintenance incident, the city's Splash Pad at J.L. King Park is also closed due to a water leak reported on Tuesday. There is no timetable for when the Splash Pad will reopen.