Thorbeckes Pool Closure

Visitors were met with a locked door and paper sign at the Thorbeckes Pool as it remains temporarily closed Monday afternoon in Centralia.

The Centralia Community Pool at Thorbeckes Athletic Club in Centralia remains closed indefinitely due to an unforeseen issue encountered when workers went to replace the main circulation pump on Friday.

The pool was closed all of last week for routine maintenance, which happens annually during the Southwest Washington Fair, according to Thorbeckes owner Matt Noren. The Centralia School District owns the pool and hired a contractor to replace the pump and motor. Nobody realized until late Friday afternoon that the new pump did not have the right connection for the pool filtration system.

“Basically, there was no way for the filtration system to reach the pump,” Noren said. “These pools are built based on the era they’re built in, and the filtration works with a different type of pump that has the elbow fitting this one doesn’t.”

A potential workaround has been figured out and the proper equipment located, Noren said. He hopes to have the pool back up and running later this week, but no firm date has been set.

“Until they can get that done, the pool is going to remain closed,” said Ed Petersen, public relations and communications director for the Centralia School District.”

For updates on the status of the Centralia Community Pool, visit or call 360-736-1683.

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