Robinson Park Recreation Center’s new pool set to open Tuesday – Pasadena Now

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The city of Pasadena will open a new public swimming pool at the Robinson Park Recreation Center on Tuesday.

The new 4,141-square-foot pool will feature zero-entry access for toddler, senior, and Americans with Disabilities (ADA) activities, lap lanes, a new high-efficiency heating system, a new pool deck with deck showers, and a wall enclosing the facility.

A chemical and pool equipment storage room will also be constructed.

The pool restoration is part of the Robinson Park Leisure Center renovation project which began in February last year.

Overall, the project, which has been on the drawing board since 2015, involves a substantial rehabilitation of the 19,000 square foot recreation center, including the demolition and reconstruction of the multipurpose hall, administrative offices, kitchen , open courtyard, recreation rooms and a conference room.

An earlier phase of the project involved a 2.5 acre expansion of the existing park and the improvement of the site with new football and baseball fields, the installation of synthetic turf, the construction of new toilets and storage facilities, a new sports field lighting, site equipment and parking. plot.

The design of the new pool and renovations to the pool building at Robinson Park were completed last year. From Tuesday’s groundbreaking, construction could take about a year, according to estimates from the Department of Public Works.

Plans show that the pool building will be reconfigured and renovated to provide ADA compliance upgrades and facility functionality improvements. The shower rooms will be converted to meet ADA standards and will provide two new family washrooms with showers.

The reconfiguration will create space for the new first aid and staff locker rooms and provide an ADA compliant travel path to the pool. The finishes of the building will be updated throughout, according to the plans.

The project will be funded through the capital improvement program with estimated costs of $5.9 million. Justifying the expense, the Public Works Department said Robinson Park is one of the busiest facilities in the city, serving about 400 users daily.

“The swimming pool and pool building are in poor condition and due to extensive renovations and upgrades under the deferred maintenance mandate,” the Department of Public Works said in the 2023 Capital Improvement Program report. to 2027.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking begins at 11:30 a.m. at Robinson Park, located at 1081 North Fair Oaks Ave.

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