City officials have OK'd plans to restore water slides at one public pool in time for this summer, along with plans to upgrade restroom facilities at another for 2018.

Reed Road Water Park will receive immediate attention after Upper Arlington City Council voted unanimously on April 10 to restore the facility's water slides in time for this swim season.

Council also approved hiring an architect to design new bathhouses at the water park, to be open for the 2018 swim season.

Alan McKnight, the city's capital projects manager, said the work at Reed Road is being done because the original slides that were installed when the water park opened in 2005 have begun to show wear and tear.

"The slides, they're fiberglass and they've started to fade," McKnight said. "We're going to refurbish them to make those elements appear new again."

SlideRenu, based in Avon Lake, will clean and restore the two main slides, the park's tot slide and other tot equipment.

The city will pay the company $68,648 for the work, which is expected to be completed by the time the water park opens on May 26.

"This will bring the equipment back to like-new condition and continue to serve the community for the years to come," McKnight and Upper Arlington Parks and Rec Director Debbie McLaughlin stated in a March 30 staff report to council.

"This type of restoration work should be performed approximately every 15 years, depending on the environment."

As for Devon, a pool built in the 1960s, new stainless-steel gutters and walls in the diving well are being installed this spring to replace older concrete walls and gutters that had deteriorated. By the time swim season opens this year, a new high dive and staircase also are expected to be in place.

Those projects are estimated to cost $528,200.

In advance of the 2018 swim season, the city intends to renovate and expand Devon's restrooms and make them compliant with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

Also on April 10, council unanimously approved hiring Columbus-based Hardlines Design Co. to design the bathhouses at a cost of $91,814.

"The Devon Pool Bathhouse was originally built in the late 1950s and has been identified as a facility that needs to be renovated to meet current codes and address deficiencies in the building," an April 3 staff report to council from McKnight and McLaughlin stated. "The improvements are scheduled to be in design over the summer with work beginning in the fall of 2017 after the summer swim season."

The work will be subject to public review and comment, and bathhouse improvements ultimately will require approval from council.

Preliminary plans call for renovating and expanding the bathhouse building, including restrooms and creating a family restroom.

Additionally, the city is eyeing renovations to the pool's office space, the creation of a storage facility and an addition to the concession area.

"We also want to upgrade the shade structures and pool deck furniture," the staff report stated. "The architect will work with the city to develop several concepts that will be presented to the public for comment before a final design is approved.

"The project scope also includes exploring the concept of placing a bubble over the main pool for future consideration."

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