WALLINGFORD — The Parks and Recreation Department is slated to present a renovation plan for Community Pool to the Town Council next week.
Town officials have been considering the future of the seven-acre pool property at 739 N. Main Street Ext. because of growing maintenance cost and declining pool attendance in recent years. The pool was last renovated about 20 years ago.
Michael Savenelli Sr., a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said Tuesday that the pool committee met with a representative from the state Department of Public Health on Monday to discuss the conceptual plan.
“The plan is to re-establish a new pool,” Savenelli said, “make it a total new site” at the same location with “a lot more amenities.”
Plan details and cost estimates weren’t immediately available, Savenelli said, because the plan is still being designed by architect David Stein of Silver Petrucelli, Hamden-based architecture and engineering firm.
“There are some adjustments we have to make,” Savenelli said. “Nothing that’s going to be earth-shattering to us, so I think we’re pretty good.”
Mayor William W. Dickinson said Wednesday he’s seen only elements of the pool redesign.
“It has a lot of positive aspects,” he said. “Until I see a final design, I’m hesitant to say much more.”
He said the commission has done a good job in reaching several goals, such as providing a place to swim but also recreational opportunities for a longer period than the eight to nine weeks that the pool is typically open annually.
Dickinson added that the town is hoping to save money on future pool operational costs with the redesign.
“It’s a step by step process,” he said, “and obviously cost has to be kept in mind.”
Past estimates for a pool makeover have been in the $3 million to $4 million range.
About 5,300 pool passes were sold in 2010 while about 1,960 were sold in 2017. Parks and Recreation sold 2,496 pool passes this year.
The Town Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.
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