So, have you heard we’re renovating the pool?
Well, really, it’s up to you. And every other member family. In early July, the pool board plans to ask each member family whether we should take on debt to fund a renovation.
Our pool is more than 65 years old and all of its major systems have reached the end of their useable lifespans. That means that the pool’s piping, mechanical systems, and concrete lining all need to be removed and replaced. The baby pool is the same age, and while it may look better cosmetically, it needs replacement of the same systems. To do those improvements incrementally isn’t cost effective, nor would it ensure that the pool remains operational. The best option that we have is replacement of the pool in full.
So what are our options for replacing the pool? The pool board has committed to presenting two options for pool replacement, a replace-in-kind option that replaces our existing pool with a main pool and baby pool of roughly the same shape and size (with any code-required upgrades). The new pool would retain a slide, two diving boards, and 30×30 baby pool. We’ll add a ramp for accessible entry to the shallow end and retain a set of pool stairs similar to what we have now in the shallow end. The new pool will have two separate filter systems, one for the baby pool and one for the main pool (no more shutting down the whole pool if something “happens” in babyland). We’ll also add a pool heater for those cold days at the start of the season. This would be the less expensive option of the two.
But friends, we also have the possibility of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a bigger, better pool.
Like replace-in kind option, Option B retains a slide and two diving boards (don’t worry, the shape and placement of the slide in the image above isn’t set in stone). It also includes the accessible ramp and pool stairs, separate mechanical systems, and pool heater. The main difference is that this option also provides a dedicated area that is 25m long for lap swimming or swim team practice so that folks can keep using the diving boards, has an area for deep water swimming/treading, and still have plenty of area for shallow-water play and Aqua Zumba. Option B increases the main pool area by 1,600 square feet, and provides 300 square feet of additional shallow water fun by adding a beach entry intermediate pool. With depths up to 3 feet, the pool can be used for swim lessons and provide an extra place for kids to play once they’ve aged out of the baby pool but aren’t ready for the big pool yet.
Whichever option you prefer, I hope your household will vote to approve pool replacement. Let’s set our sights on the next 50 years of Adelphi Pool.
See you at the pool!
Rachel McNamara (Pool Renovation Advisory Group Co-Chair)