As many in the community eagerly await the opening of Tremont Pool, this brand new facility is not the only part of our aquatics system to be receiving some much-needed TLC.
As the swim season begins Memorial Day weekend, patrons will be able to enjoy resurfaced slides at Reed Road Water Park. At Devon Pool, the diving well has been relined, and we have replaced some of the diving equipment.
With some weather delays slowing construction, it will be a few days into June before we can all start enjoying Tremont Pool, and while more details will follow in the coming weeks, please mark your calendars for a Saturday, June 10, Big Splash Celebration at the pool. We have a lot of fun activities being planned for that day to celebrate the much-anticipated return of aquatics at Northam Park.
Looking beyond this year's improvements, the city is continuing efforts to upgrade the facilities at Devon Pool. Next on the agenda are significant upgrades for the bathhouse, a project slated to begin this fall in preparation for the 2018 swim season.
Improvements will entail upgrades to the existing facilities and an expanded footprint to meet today's ADA and aquatics facility standards. This will include showers, lockers, baby-changing stations, a family changing room, improved facilities for staff, expanded storage, an improved concessions stand, as well as new shade structures and furnishings around the pool.
We know how much residents love our community pools and so we are seeking your input on the proposed improvements through a community outreach process.
Please join with staff members and the city's design consultant at 6 p.m.,Tuesday, May 16, at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, for the first public meeting. Your feedback is needed on a series of options that can be accomplished within the scope and budget of this improvement project, enabling the consultant to make refinements in response to your input.
Following the meeting, the options will be available online for public comment through May 30 at uaoh.net.
In mid June, the revised plans will be shared publicly at three different meetings:
* Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at 3600 Tremont Road.
* City Council conference session, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, also at 3600 Tremont Road.
* Public meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at 3600 Tremont Road.
The public is invited to attend the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and council conference session meetings, but please note that while public comment is taken at the board's meeting relative to items on the agenda, it is typically not taken at council's conference sessions. At the second public meeting, however, the consultant will be actively seeking your feedback on these revised designs. And following this meeting, we will present the revised designs online and accept additional feedback through July 5.
Approximately $1 million has been identified within the 2017 capital improvement program for the Devon Pool bathhouse improvements. If all goes according to plan, expect to see the results of a construction bidding process come before council mid October and -- pending the authorization to proceed -- construction to begin by early November. Then, come Memorial Day weekend 2018, as we celebrate our centennial year, we will also celebrate another significant improvement to our aquatics facilities.
For full details of this project, look for the link on our homepage, at uaoh.net. If you have questions, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 614-583-5300.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlingtont's city manager. This column is provided to ThisWeek Upper Arlington News by his office.