The new poolhouse at Devon is complete and now being enjoyed by families as the summer season kicks in. There’s still more work to be done at Devon however—the replacement of two aging mechanical buildings, repairs to concrete decking and a new toddler pool/feature.
An initial review of the existing toddler pool highlighted that modifications of any substance would trigger the need to bring the pool into compliance with ADA standards and Ohio Swimming Pool Codes. With this knowledge, the planning team began to think about options to enhance Devon Pool and complement the range of facilities available at the City’s three outdoor pools.
In April, resident input was sought through two public meetings and an online survey. Many favored a sprayground option, however several additional themes emerged: retain a feature that is tailored to toddlers; provide options for introducing toddlers to water depth; provide an area that can accommodate toddler swim lessons. When presenting the results to Council later in April, it was agreed further exploration of options for the toddler pool/feature was appropriate.
As Staff and the consultant team at Hardlines Design Company began considering the next steps, it became clear that time was not on our side. In order to complete the necessary design work, seek community and Council input, secure construction bids, etc., the overall project schedule would have delayed, which in turn, would have delayed the pool’s opening for the 2020 aquatics season.
As a result, at a June 3 Conference Session, Staff informed Council that we would be splitting the project in two. The mechanical buildings will be addressed as planned and remain on schedule for late 2019/2020 construction, in plenty of time for the 2020 swim season.
Work continues to further develop options for the toddler pool, but this last phase of construction at Devon will now be delayed, allowing the time needed to fully explore and reach consensus on the best option, while also enabling the Parks & Recreation Department to make some timing and funding adjustments within the Parks Capital Improvement Program.
We hope you stay involved! Please watch for updates the toddler pool planning process later this year, which will include additional opportunities for resident input. Click here for additional details.