Facility Profile - September 2010
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Aquatic Enhancement

Memorial Pool in Pasco, Wash.

By Monique Thibodeaux, ORB Architects

In addition to rebuilding the main competitive pool, the under-utilized wading pool was replaced with a 3,600-square-foot zero-depth leisure pool. The beach-like entry with a padded safety floor accommodates the smallest of visitors and the wheelchair-bound. The leisure pool now boasts two new slides—the old slide was replaced with a new slide that drops swimmers into the pool, and a second slide with a deck-mounted run-out flume was added. The slides' bold colors add to the excitement of the new aquatic experience and appeal to thrill-seeking teens. This pool also has two lap lanes at the deep end that are accessible when the pool slide is not in use. A half-acre of green lawn adjacent offers a comfortable area for picnicking, play, relaxation and observation.

The team's strategic design and planning allowed for a new splash pad with three interactive water toys and several geyser features to be added between the existing and new pools. Low bench-seat walls, which create a half-circle with multiple entry points, surround the water play area and offer another place for observers or those who need a break from the fun.

The bathhouse building was removed down to the foundation/basement and reconfigured to include new stalls, lavatories, showers, urinals, lockers, staff facilities and the addition of a family changing room. The enhanced layout improved functionality and is fully accessible as ADA standards require.

The project was scheduled so none of the summer swim season—and the pool's revenue—would be negatively affected. The fact that the city could purchase the system direct from Myrtha Pools allowed the product to be delivered in a timely manner. Construction began after the September close of the 2009 season, and it was completed in time for the usual June opening in 2010. Even with the addition of owner-requested scope expansions, the project stayed on track.

The project came in $300,000 under budget, which allowed for the purchase of two new slides. The pool opened for its 2010 summer season on June 19 to an excited grand opening crowd. In the weeks preceding the opening, the city hosted a contest to name the new slides. Children were invited to submit their entries, with the winner announced on opening day.

The "new" Memorial Pool is a big step in the continuing journey to advance the aquatic offerings for the residents of Pasco and the Tri-Cities. The skill and determination of the designers and stakeholders helped ensure the community received an exciting, modern facility. The pool will serve as a good starting point to demonstrate the potential for the Tri-Cities' demand for additional aquatics services.


ORB Architects: www.orbarchitects.com

Myrtha Pools: www.myrthapools.com

WMS Aquatics: www.wmsaquatics.com