Coral Springs, Florida – In a recent update from the city officials of Coral Springs, a tentative schedule has been released that predicts several swimming pools at the Coral Springs Aquatic Center may face closures for an estimated duration of six months.
This information was shared on Wednesday, after the city commission sanctioned a $3.1 million contract with Recreational Design and Construction, Inc. The firm will be responsible for implementing enhancements to the pool deck of the Aquatic Center, a project which encompasses design, construction, and refurbishment costs.
In the previous year, September 2022, an expert study confirmed that the deck was experiencing displacement due to leakage in the diving well and pervasive water intrusion. To prevent further deterioration of the decks or competitive swimming pools, immediate intervention was advised by the consultancy firm.
The Director of Parks and Recreation, Rob Hunter, has indicated that July 22 is the provisional closure date for the swimming pool. The renovation is projected to extend until approximately January 15, with the goal of reopening the pools between mid-January and February. Hunter elaborated that this schedule would accommodate Olympic athletes, allowing them to incorporate the facility into part of their training regimen.
While the renovation of the deck is underway, the fitness facility within the Aquatic Center will continue to operate. However, a temporary closure of one week is expected to rectify a crack discovered by contractors during an inspection.
Regarding the project, Hunter emphasized, “It’s a project that needs to be done.” He disclosed that the staff are in the process of finalizing the logistics of the renovation with participating groups. As part of the initiative, the city plans to engage in a public outreach campaign.
The contractor, tentatively, aims to commence the work from the west and proceed to the east, a strategy which may enable the 25-meter pool at the Aquatic Center to maintain operations for an extended period. However, the feasibility of this plan is contingent on the findings of the contractor and subsequent review of the ongoing construction.
Hunter mentioned that, despite the nearly half-year anticipated closure, contractors are motivated to conclude the project by December 15. This incentive is expected to expedite the process.
The contract was approved, moved by Vice Mayor Shawn Cerra and seconded by Commissioner Joshua Simmons. It was unanimously accepted by the city commission. Speaking of the project, Hunter remarked, “This is a big undertaking, this is a big job. It took us a long time to get to this point.”