Upper Arlington's reconstructed Tremont Pool is expected to open within the next month, but it's not likely to be ready by Memorial Day weekend.
Throughout the planning and rebuilding of Tremont Pool, city officials have remained hopeful the approximately $7.25 million project – which also includes construction of new restrooms, office space, a concession stand and new amenities at Northam Park – would be completed by the traditional start of the public swim season.
At the same time, they've cautioned that the window to rebuild the pool from scratch after demolishing the old Tremont Pool in 2016 because it had structural failings was, in the words of Upper Arlington Capital Projects Manager Alan McKnight, "extremely tight."
Last week, Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Director Debbie McLaughlin said it now appears the pool will open sometime between May 26 and June 10. As of May 5, she said, an exact date couldn't be determined.
"Right now, it looks like the current schedule doesn't look favorable as far as Memorial Day weekend," McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin said Thomas & Marker Construction, which launched the reconstruction last October, has agreed contractually to finish by June 9, and the company has "been working very aggressively to complete it before then."
"They still feel they are ahead of the June 9 schedule," she said. "It's a very fluid date right now. We're not in a position to say when the pool will open. In the meantime, we're planning for a grand-opening celebration for June 10."
As is the case with all construction projects, McLaughlin said, weather has been a factor, and the recent spate of rain has slowed the latter stages of the work.
The project also was initiated later than originally planned while city leaders heard objections to components of original plans to redevelop Northam Park and as they allowed residents' input during the pool's preliminary design phases.
"We had hoped we could've started earlier in the fall than we did," McLaughlin said. "However, we also took the time to consider (alternatives) to the design process and to conduct community engagement and collect input."
Although Tremont isn't expected to open until after Memorial Day, McLaughlin said, the project has run smoothly and she believes the community ultimately will have a high-quality swimming facility that will serve residents for many years.
The Parks and Recreation Department also plans to extend the swim season at Tremont for one week after Labor Day weekend, which traditionally is the last weekend the city's pools are open.
"While we had hoped to have a ceremony celebrating the grand opening prior to Memorial Day, we felt it better to open the pool once it's finished and plan the ribbon cutting – dubbed The Big Splash – when we can guarantee that all features will be complete," council President Debbie Johnson said. "The new Tremont Pool will ... offer many recreational, aquatics-themed uses, such as lap swimming, pool parties, diving, play features, water aerobics and swimming lessons."
Devon and Reed Road
Both Devon Pool and the Reed Road Water Park will open, weather permitting, on Memorial Day weekend and they'll feature some improvements swimmers are likely to notice.
The water park, which opened in 2005, is getting refurbished water slides for this swim season. That project cost is estimated at $70,000, and restores faded fiberglass on the old slides that had lost luster and some functionality.
"We resurfaced the slides and the toddler play structure in the pool," McLaughlin said. "The color has been restored, as well as the slickness for sliding."
At Devon, a pool built in the 1960s, new stainless-steel gutters and walls in the diving well will replace older concrete walls and gutters that had deteriorated. Both the one-meter diving boards and high dive have been replaced, as has the high dive's staircase.
That project is estimated to cost $528,200.
By the 2018 swim season, the city intends to renovate and expand Devon's restrooms and make them compliant with federal Americans With Disabilities Act standards. Plans are in place to upgrade the concession stand and shade structures around the pool for the 2018 season, as well.
Currently, the cost of the upgrades is estimated at approximately $1 million.
As the season approaches, McLaughlin said there's still time to purchase season pool passes through the city's website, uaoh.net, or at the Parks and Recreation Department offices at the city's Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.
Once the pools open, passes also can be purchased at each swimming facility.