This coming Saturday Green Bay’s aquatic facilities open for the season. All – except for Colburn Pool. Work to get it ready is running a bit behind. But as Kris Schuller reports, come the fall that facility will get a major facelift.
At Colburn Pool last minute work continues as staff gets it ready for another swimming season. A coat of paint, new caulk in the pool – all necessary improvements – which Co-Interim Parks Director James Anderson describes as phase one work.
“Phase one is – let’s get this thing up and running for the summer, let’s add some nice amenities,” said Anderson.
The activity to get the 50-year-old pool open is the result of a vote by City Council this spring. Which abandoned talk of a new Olympic-sized pool here – a proposal Alderman Chris Wery long championed – and instead voted to use $3.5 million in bonding previously approved to renovate the aging facility.
“You don’t always get what you want, so rather than have no pool and nothing here – you can meet in the middle,” said Wery.
In phase one up to $200,000 is being used for immediate repairs.
“We just got it caulked, we just got some new mechanics installed – we’re going to have a pool ready to go,” said Anderson.
But come the fall in phase two – both men say significant changes will be made.
“It’s going to look like a brand-new pool,” said Anderson.
“New bathhouse, new concessions area, seating on the grass,” said Wery.
“Looking at redoing some of the locker rooms – getting some new concrete, new amenities to enhance those locker room areas,” said Anderson.
“When people come here after the renovations that will be done in fall, they’ll see an old pool that looks like a new pool,” Wery said.
Improvements to be finalized by the fall – aimed at adding 20 years of life to this 50-year-old facility – now slowly filling with water and scheduled to open early next week.
Inflatables have also been purchased – for use this summer at Colburn Pool.