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Robin Hill Pool: Renovation Plans

Robin Hill Building Rendering

PHASE ONE (2014-15)
Starting in May 2014, we replaced damaged pipes that had contributed to significantly increased chemical and water costs in recent years. This 14-month project involved removing the concrete around the pool and trenching to expose the existing pipes. We relocated the filtration equipment from the main building to a new structure that is above the former "pit." The existing pump and electrical were raised (and the pit was filled in), because the new equipment would not fit into the old room, and bringing the equipment above ground not only made the equipment safer for our lifeguards to access, but we no longer have to take out the pump at the end of each season, and reinstall it in the spring. We received our approval from the state and the county and re-opened July 2, 2015.

The cost of Phase One of the renovation was quoted at $30,000; however, due to volunteer labor, we were able to reduce that by nearly half. Phase One of the project was paid off in Summer 2018. As a result of the project, the pool water is consistently cleaner and clearer!

PHASE TWO (2018-19)
This second phase of the project involved resurfacing the main pool (sandblasting to remove layers and layers of paint — completed in November 2018) and addressing underlying concrete structural issues not fixed by our temporary repairs in Phase One. It also involved replastering the main pool with epoxy. (The repairs and epoxy work were completed in May 2019.) This will allow us to NOT have to paint the pool for 5-7 years, which is not only a savings of about $800 a year, but will also save us time each year in getting the pool open. You won't see the paint chipping off the bottom of the pool midway through the season anymore. And, we expect to realize significant savings on our water bill. (Which is important, because water is one of our top five annual expenses.) The cost of this phase was estimated between $20,000 and $40,000, depending on the scope of the concrete repair. 

This phase specifically addressed the baby pool. We replaced the pipes and lines like we did for the big pool in 2014 and installed a completely separate filtration system for the baby pool, with its own pump, sand filter, and returns. At the same time, we made the northwest end of the baby pool a “zero depth” entry, so that our littlest members don't have to “step down” to enter the pool. Along with this, we installed a water feature. The cost of this phase was estimated to be between $5,000 and $9,000. 

Phases Two and Three were completed by July 2019 at a cost of $35,000. (Phases Two and Three also included the cost of concrete blocks to replace the retaining wall on the east end of the pool.)

The next stage is replacing the existing, built-in-1956 main building with a new facility featuring modern restrooms with locker storage areas, a better layout for the snack shack, and a “clubhouse” that can be used for private parties year-round, generating additional revenue for the pool and providing a community gathering place for meetings, events, and fundraisers.

Your support is VITAL to our efforts. THANK YOU!

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