The new season brought with it $100,000 worth of repairs for the Corvias community pools on Fort Bragg.

Fun under the sun is the essence of summer. It is synonymous with the smell of sunscreen, hot dogs with all the fixins and, of course, swimming.

The new season brought with it $100,000 worth of repairs for the Corvias community pools on Fort Bragg.

For the past 14 years, facilities director Steve Maxwell has handled the housing maintenance and surrounding infrastructures for Corvias properties. His focus for the last year and a half, though, has been specifically the neighborhood community centers.

These communities include Ardennes/Bataan, Biazza Ridge, Casablanca/Anzio Acres, Corregidor/Bougainville, Hammond Hills, Linden Oaks, Nijmegen/Cherbourg, Normandy/Bastogne, Pope and Saint Mere Eglise.

YMCA employees worked in conjunction with Corvias in-house staff on the repairs. Typically, the YMCA assists with lifeguards and pool maintenance for the community pools on the post.

This season’s repairs ranged from plaster and concrete refinishing to mechanical updates.

Each of the community pools is up and running, except for the Nijmegen community pool, which is still closed for more extensive repairs.

Despite the setbacks at Nijmegen, Maxwell is proud of the benefits of the repairs for the Army community as a whole. In fact, the total amount of hours that pools were open increased by nearly 1,800 hours this year, Maxwell said.

“We didn’t want to take away from our communities and not make a concession to give more than what we take,” said Maxwell.

Last year, all pools closed for two days each week. This year, closures went down to only one day per week. Furthermore, pool hours were extended this year across the board to offer more time for community members.

According to Maxwell, the YMCA was essential in streamlining repair efforts. He emphasized the organization kept Corvias under budget. The initial budget was set for $110,000.

“They’ve been able to provide us with better ways of doing things, different chemicals to use to reduce our costs and improve the water quality,” said Maxwell. “Their expertise has been huge for us. Just because of the knowledge base they have, the relationships they have out in town. They are able to source the materials and have things brought in a whole lot easier than we are.”

Rick Houp, CEO, YMCA of the Sandhills, has been working closely with Corvias for almost two years now.

“We got the kind of staff that has a passion for this,” said Houp. “We consider it a privilege. We are always looking for ways to connect to our military community and this partnership with Corvias allows us to have direct contact with those Families.”

The partnership between Corvias and the YMCA exemplifies just one of the many ties that bind Fort Bragg with the surrounding areas.

Corvias community pools require residents to have a pool pass for admittance. Pool hours include: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For pool closure days, check out http://bragg.corviasmilitaryliving.com/residents/pools.