30. Constructing the new outdoor showers and pool equipment enclosureTwo smaller projects followed the completion of the pool — outdoor showers and an enclosure for the pool equipment. I hand selected and hauled all of the treated lumber for both projects from Winnipeg to Naturist Legacy Park. After the four corner posts of the outdoor shower were tamped in place, a volunteer member used his shovel to excavate a shallow greywater pit (see the note below). I and a fellow director then built a well-draining floor deck and additional framing. Hot and cold water was piped from the washroom building and typical shower plumbing was installed. A simple white tarp was used to create a translucent roof. Screening on all four walls and a new screen door completed the outdoor showers. We built a convenient boardwalk that allowed nudists to stay clean as they walked barefoot from the showers to the pool area.
The pool equipment enclosure was intended to minimize machinery noise and control access. A fellow member assisted me with setting nine posts. I then added rails and attached fence boards. I built a gate clad with fence boards to complete the enclosure.
Note: We knew that draining the outdoor showers into a greywater pit was contrary to our understanding of Manitoba's Onsite Wastewater Management Systems Regulation. The reality was that we were short of both money and time back then. The board needed to get those showers up and running as quickly as possible so that we could fully open our park for business. As it turns out, the huge popularity of the outdoor showers began to raise concerns about overflow and odour issues. I always knew that we'd need to connect the showers to our sewage holding tanks at some point. I even devised a simple and inexpensive way to do it but clubhouse construction took priority. This upgrade was never completed while I was still on the board and involved with construction.
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