Brentwood Council seeks to maintain borough pool
Brentwood residents want to keep the municipal pool and were extremely vocal about their feelings at a recent community meeting held by borough council.
At the June 27 meeting, more than 75 people crammed into council chambers to say the pool is one of the assets that makes Brentwood an attractive community.
“We all know quality residential areas have quality recreational space,” said Pat Hein, president of the Brentwood Park Initiative. “We also know the pool was intended not to make money.”
Even though it costs Brentwood $60,000 a year to operate the pool, which is more than 50 years old and needs repairs, council members said they never seriously considered filling it in and turning it into green space.
“We are making Brentwood a walking community,” said Councilman Pat Carnevale, adding that council has recommended option 1, which would cost $2.9 million.
“But, we don’t want to bankrupt the borough,” said Carnevale, whose comments were met with clapping from the audience.
Under that option, the existing bath house would be demolished and a new one built. The option also includes putting in a new ramp and zero-depth access, new piping, concrete decking and a water slide, and making the parking lot ADA compliant. The option also includes a new pump and filter room and changing room. It does not include restrooms and showers.
This option will go before the borough at the July 16 council meeting for approval. If approved, the project would go out for bid in January 2019.
“Construction costs tend to trend lower in the late winter or early spring,” said Matthew Franz of HHSDR, the borough’s architect and engineer.
It is anticipated that bids would be awarded in late February, with work on the pool to begin in mid-March 2019. Franz said work would take 14 months top complete, which means the pool would be closed next summer.
A refurbished Brentwood pool would re-open to the public May 23, 2020, Memorial Day weekend, Franz said.
“We don’t want to put a Band-Aid on a pool that is dated,” Councilman A.J. Doyle said. “If we took the pool out of the park, we would be doing a disservice to the community.”