A blue-wave pool at a popular Washington park has long been a hot spot for people trying to escape the summer heat.
But as temperatures drop, that popularity could be threatened.
A new restaurant opened at Blue Wave, a pool and spa at the Falls of the Colorado River, that promises to keep the popular blue-water escape route in business even if the water temperature dips below the threshold for an ice storm.
The restaurant opened last week to rave reviews, but the owners have yet to meet the demand to reopen.
Blue Wave Pool was a local favorite, said owner David Smith.
We were a huge draw to this location, said Smith, owner of Blue Wave Spa & Pool.
“We did a great job, and it’s been a very popular spot,” he said.
At least two of the owners are already planning to reopen, including James F. Taylor, who opened Blue Wave Resort in the summer of 2015.
The business is a summer resort, with water temperature sensors for guests to keep tabs on their temperature and pool’s flow.
Taylor said that if water temperatures dip below those thresholds, the pool will shut down.
Smith and Taylor have already had to cut back on the pool hours, as the temperature outside dropped by about half a degree, to six hours per day, to accommodate the cooling.
Blue Wave Pool is not a typical pool, with its water temperature sensor at a level below the 10-degree mark.
The pool’s biggest attraction is a poolside deck that offers a view of the river and a panoramic view of downtown.
The company has a number of water sports at the resort, such as paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming.
While the pool is a popular destination for tourists, it also has its share of trouble.
The water temperature dipped below the 20-degree threshold last week and has remained there ever since.
Some customers have complained about water pressure problems, but Smith said it’s mostly been water quality issues, especially with the chlorine.
The water temperature at Blue Way is still above the 10 percent threshold, he said, and that has allowed the restaurant to sell ice for ice skates and other outdoor equipment, even as temperatures dipped below that mark.
When temperatures are below 10 degrees, Smith said the restaurant has to turn down the heat or close.
That’s because of the way the water system works, he explained.
If water temperature drops below 10 percent, the system will shut off.
But if water temperature rises above 10 percent or the temperature drops further, the water will continue to flow in and out of the pool.
That allows for some of the water to stay in the pool for long periods of time, causing the pool to become colder.
But for the most part, the restaurant is keeping the pool open.
That’s not to say it won’t suffer the same fate as the popular Blue Wave resort, where temperatures dipped well below 10, but for some reason, the Blue Wave pool was the only place to stay open.