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  • Pima County "ghost ship" headed home to Tucson

    Mar 25, 2015 | Read More News
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    GHOST shipGet ready, Tucson: the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation ghost ship is on its way home.

    The ship, a 57-foot long inflatable obstacle course suitable for all ages, rotates among the county’s nine public pools during the summer swim season, which begins May 23. It visits each pool at least twice, spreading obstacle-course joy throughout the county.

    At the end of last summer’s season, the ghost ship had to be docked due to a tear and in January, it was sent by cargo ship to London for repairs that were covered by warranty.

    “It was the least expensive way to get it to the factory to be repaired,” said Grant Bourguet, recreation program manager for NRPR. “It boarded a ship in San Diego and went almost around the world before arriving in London.”

    NRPR was notified earlier this month that the ship would be sent home via an Atlantic route on the ship Chicago Express. It is expected to arrive in New York on March 28. It will have to clear customs, which Bourguet said can take up to three weeks. Once it is cleared, the ship will sent back to Tucson in a cargo box aboard a train and then a.  

    “The ghost ship is an amazing enhancement to the NRPR swim pools,” Bourguet said. “It is not only fun (and in many cases, a good workout), but is a great way for participants to enhance their opportunities to learn through play at the pool, and actually improve their swimming skills in the process.”   

    All ages of swimmers are allowed to test their skills on the inflatable ship. If all goes according to plan, the ship should be at the first county pool on May 30. The ghost ship’s Summer 2015 pool-rotation schedule will be available on the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation website later this spring, once the ship has been delivered and inspected.

    For more information, please contact Grant Bourguet at 520.724.5189 or Grant.bourguet@pima.gov.