Contractors are fighting the weather and a hard deadline to get the fully renovated Fairway pool ready for its public debut Saturday — but when the facility opens, residents will have a number of new amenities to enjoy.
Work on the $2.7 million renovation project, which is financed by a 1/2 percent sales tax approved by Fairway voters in 2014, began in mid-October, when demolition crews torn down the existing pool house and snack bar. In its place is a new building that features improved shower and bathroom facilities — including two family restrooms with ADA features intended to make trips to the pool easier for the children with autism spectrum disorders who attend special swim lessons there.
The new pool building also features a breezeway entry point that should improve the flow of foot traffic in and out of the pool area, a private events space that can be rented out for community gatherings, business events or parties, and an expanded snack bar.
The original pool itself remains intact, with the addition of a zero-entry children’s play area on the northwest side.
Fairway Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Nogelmeier said keeping the original pool footprint was a priority for residents surveyed for the project.
“Wherever you stand, you can see every part of the pool,” Nogelmeier said. “That something moms like, being able to find their kid no matter where they are in the pool area.”
Additionally, the pool deck now has large, permanent umbrellas the provide more shade area. And the decks will be lined with new pool chairs.
But there are plenty of details to knock out before opening day. Sod was supposed to be put in before the end of the week, but the weather had been too wet to allow for it to be cut and moved. Today’s rain likely won’t help on that front.
And the order for the new frog-shaped kids slide was delayed by the manufacturer — it’s being overnighted from San Marcos, Tex., today to ensure it’s ready for action when the doors open Saturday at 11 a.m.