Aberdeen Dome reopens after temporary closure

ABERDEEN, S.D.(AberdeenInsider)- The Aberdeen Dome is once again open after furnace issues caused the facility to close for a few days.

Problems started Saturday, Jan. 13 as temperatures plummeted below zero and prompted a weekend closure that extended through Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Aquatics and Recreation Supervisor Travis Lemer said one of the two blower motors was back up and running Monday with the second firing up Wednesday. Experts will look at the internal natural gas furnaces, he said.

“We will keep our eyes on it,” he said.

The dome and the Strode Center have been available for use for a few weeks now. The city is in the process of purchasing the former Presentation College facilities from the Presentation Sisters. While the transaction isn’t yet final, the city has entered into a rental agreement allowing for use of the facilities in the interim.

So far, Lemer said, the dome and gym are getting good use, and not only from people interested in walking and running. Folks interested in practicing soccer and using the batting cages in the dome are also getting time in, he said.

When possible, more public use hours are being added for the dome. For example, it will be open this week from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Jan. 19. However, the hours will likely fluctuate. That’s why weekly calendars are available on the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation website under a special section for the dome and Strode Center and the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department Facebook page.