July 7, 2011
A message to ULM faculty and staff from ULM President Nick J. Bruno
This is to inform you that effective August 13, 2011, Lake C. Natatorium will be closed pending a thorough evaluation of its condition as well as a review of available options. Our Student Government Association recently approved a resolution supporting the temporary closure of the ULM Lake C. Oxford Natatorium by the end of summer session.
This student-driven initiative came about following a study that indicated almost $1,800,000 in repairs are needed to keep the Natatorium fully operational. The facility is in need of improvements that include a new roof, new chiller system, new ceilings and lighting, as well as chemical, pump and valve replacements. We felt it best that our students and this administration use the down-time productively as we consider our alternatives.
The Student Government Association resolution addressed the closure of the Natatorium based on the low student usage of the facility and the need to identify opportunities to improve student services. In addition, many students have expressed to SGA their desire to see the Natatorium replaced by facilities that might address the needs of a greater number of students.
The same architect who helped design Bayou Park and housing improvements on the ULM campus will visit in July to provide insight for students and administration. In the meantime, the Natatorium will remain closed pending a review of the suggested plans, and Natatorium staff will be reassigned to other areas on campus.
I sincerely regret the impact the closure will have on those community, as well as faculty, staff and student members who used the pool. Please know that the university will work with area facilities to offer alternatives.
Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D.