GLEN ROSE – As many Glen Rose natives and Oakdale Plunge swimmers have recently noticed, the diving board at the Plunge is missing.
Some cursory sleuthing by the Glen Rose Reporter determined the board was removed because it posed a safety hazard. This is according to Oakdale Park manager David Eyman.
Eyman said safety hazards will preclude the diving board from being immediately returned. It has been benched at home at the Plunge for the duration of the swim season.
“I don’t know when it is going to be put back," he said.
Questions about the diving board have circulated since it was removed from the pool in early May. According to former Oakdale Park manager, Kelly Nobles, the diving board was purchased in 2010.
Eyman said one major issue behind its removal was problems with its base.
"The actual platform that the diving board sat on was rusted out," Eyman said. "The only thing that was holding it down was one tack weld."
For Eyman, diving board safety is an incredibly important issue.
"I know people are upset, but this is for safety reasons," he said. "I’m not going to put anybody, this city, or anybody’s life in jeopardy. It’s taxpayer money and taxpayers would be responsible if anything were to happen.”
Will the diving board be replaced? He said that's up to the city council.
“It was a no-brainer decision because the stand was wrecked,” Eyman said. “... But I don’t yet know what city council is going to do about it."