Reprinted from 2009 News-Press
A consultant hired by the city to evaluate the public swimming pool at Steinhart Park reported in October of 2009 that renovations would cost over $1.6 million.
Dave Henke of JEO Consulting Group said just repairing deficiencies would cost $868,000.
New construction, that includes a new filtration system, bathhouse, zero depth entry, slide and other amenities would cost $1.4 million.
Deficiencies identified in Henke’s report include the pool’s recirculation rate, gutter system, main drain piping, diving towers, lifeguard stands and trip hazards on the pool deck.
He said the pool vacuum does not work well, the wading pool level is high one day and low the next and mudjacking of the deck have provided only temporary solutions to trip hazards.
The bathhouse and existing deck do not properly accommodate the handicapped.
He said the pool, which was built in 1969, has exceeded its design life, but remains in fair condition.
“When doing a renovation on an existing pool, one must consider the fact that the community is putting money into a facility, which in this case is essentially 40 years old and has already exceeded its planned design life,” he said.
He said parking is inadequate, but did not add the cost of new parking lot in his $1.6 million estimate for renovations.