Crystal Beach Pool Project Delayed

Serious damage to the structure was discovered

Madison, Indiana (May 9, 2022) – The City of Madison today announced the postponement of the Crystal Beach pool project. Originally announced in 2017 as part of the Stellar plan, the project was delayed due to severe structural damage to the retaining wall and pool filtration system, which was only discovered after the pool liner was removed. pool.

In 2017, the city announced plans to renovate the pool house at Crystal Beach. Initial plans called for renovations to the first and second floors of the pool house to ensure accessibility for all, an elevator and HVAC system, updates to the electrical and plumbing systems, and the creation of an event space on the second stage.

In 2020, the city hired a consultant to perform a pool audit. During this audit, it was identified that the pool liner installed in 2006 needed to be replaced as it had reached the end of its life cycle. With the pool liner nearing the end of its useful life, the city worked with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to expand the scope of the project to complete much-needed repairs to the pool, pool deck, concession stand, fencing and drainage. .

In the spring of 2021, the city opened the project to accept construction bids and awarded the project to the Poole Group in May. After the pool closed for the 2021 season, the city prepared the pool for construction, the Poole Group began ordering supplies, and on-site construction began in October. In January 2022 the liner was removed revealing significant structural damage beyond what was expected showing evidence of severe deterioration of the 1938 structure. At this time the filter lines were also tested and failed.

“It is apparent that we, like many other cities in the state, have not been able to make adequate investments in our park assets over an extended period. The project has been affected by chain issues procurement, higher construction costs, and now structural issues beyond the original scope. The city recognizes the importance of preserving this iconic structure and making this facility accessible to future generations. However, safety must be a priority as we work to extend the life of the pool and make the pool house available year round. Over the next few months we will develop an action plan to prepare for the next swimming season” said Mayor Bob Courtney.

Pool house renovations will continue throughout the summer and the pool house is expected to open by fall 2022. Once open, this space will be available to rent for catered events, birthday parties , small conferences and much more. The pool will reopen in May 2023. Those wishing to swim this season can visit Clifty Falls State Park Pool, Swiss County YMCA, Carroll County Pool, North Vernon Pool, or Park Pool. of State of Versailles.

Crystal Beach Pool Update can be found here.

The pool summary can be found here.