At last night’s Town Board meeting Commissioner of Parks Gerry Byrne corrected misstatements and rumors about the pool. See his comments below…
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Date: September 26, 2018
To: Town Board and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
From: Gerard J. Byrne, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation
Re: Anthony F. Veteran Park Pool Complex and Massaro Park Pool
During the past year there have been rumors and misstatements made about a major capital investment to overhaul the pools at Anthony F. Veteran Park, which I would like to clarify.
The genesis of the rumors and misstatements comes from a study presented to the Town Board in 2010. The study, prepared by Ward Associates, was called “Swimming Pool Modernization at the Anthony F. Veteran & Massaro Park Pool Facilities.” It contained an engineering report and a code compliance report. An executive summary in Volume 1 of the report gives a good explanation of this extensive review and the potential expenses for 2011 and 2016 (see attached). The proposal called for approximately $7.53 million in improvements at AFV Park for the main pool, $1.12 million for the camp pools, and $936,000 for a new slide pool and concession facility, along with suggestions for Massaro Park. This plan was, for the most part, to demolish the existing facilities and to rebuild it in order to bring the facilities up to code compliances.
The Town Board, Advisory Board, and staff had a chance to review the report, and while everyone agreed it would have been great to fully renovate and upgrade the pool complexes in both parks, it was quickly determined that this was not a viable option because of the economic climate at that time. I was asked to provide alternative options.
Working with the pool consultant, we wanted to make sure that we maintained the integrity of the main pool and lap pool shells. We knew that the underground piping was in good condition, and any work needed on the existing valves, motors, and diatomaceous earth water filtration system could always be repaired or replaced with new parts.
The alternative solution that we came up with (which was not part of the original study) and implemented was to install PVC membrane liners in the pools, which was contracted for and completed in 2013 and 2014. The installations have proved to be excellent and have provided a wonderful and safe pool surface for our community. Such an installation has a projected life of 12 to 15 years and can be repeated going forward when and if necessary. The capital expenditures for both liners in AFV Park were about $250,000. The kiddy pool at Massaro Park was removed a few years ago and replaced with a spray pad that has been very well received by the community; it cost $248,000 and was paid for using Parkland Funds.
The town will continue to have to make capital investments to maintain our wonderful and safe aquatic facilities, but I want to reassure all of you as well as our residents that the Anthony F. Veteran Park and Massaro Park swimming facilities will not be an extraordinary capital cost as first reported in the pool modernization study.