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Posted on: January 19, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Council approves Burgess Pool expansion

The Town’s oldest municipal facility, the 44-year-old Burgess Pool, will be renovated and expanded following the 2011 swimming season, Town Council decided Tuesday.

The $1.6 million project will expand the pool’s capacity by 60 percent and is expected to add 30 to 40 years to its life.

Exact enhancements will be finalized following a public process but could include improved locker rooms, zero-depth entry, slides and interactive water features. Town staff is exploring options, such as a removable dome, that would allow the pool to be used year-round.

Staff also is pursuing Community Development Block Grant funding for the project. As it stands, $1 million of the project funding would come from General Fund reserves, and the remaining $600,000 from the Parks Impact Fee Fund.

Work on the pool, 22 N. Gilbert St., is expected to be completed by May 2012.

The pool is named for late resident Charles Burgess, who donated $30,000 of his estate toward its construction. Originally Castle Rock Pool and then Centennial Pool, the pool was renamed in Burgess’ honor when the current bathhouse was constructed in 1986.

The last renovation to the pool was in 1994, when the diving board was replaced with a slide due to liability issues. The pool currently has safety and aesthetic issues, and it may not be able to remain open the entire upcoming season: The bathhouse needs a new roof; one of the pool’s boilers is near failure; some of the pipes are disintegrating; there are cracks in the pool and bathhouse foundation; and the slide has exceeded its useful life.

Councilmembers debated the merits of upgrading a public pool in economic times such as these before ultimately deciding to go forward with the project, for which funding was included in the 2011 budget.

“(Pools) add value,” said Councilman Clark Hammelman, who voted in the project’s favor. “It’s one of those, kind of, intangibles that makes a community a place where people want to live.”

Burgess Pool and the Town’s other outdoor pool, Butterfield Crossing Pool, not only are used for recreational swimming but also by swim teams, schools and day cares, for special events and to teach swimming lessons.

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