Schenectady seeks to move Central Park pool to more central location away from geese – The Daily Gazette


SCHENECTADY – The Central Park swimming pool has long been a popular destination, but the location of the facility has attracted a number of unwanted guests over the years.

Geese living near Lake Iroquois have disfigured the facility with droppings. Cleaning is particularly difficult as the pool does not have a proper filtration system and must be drained and refilled daily.

The pool no longer meets the standards set by the state Department of Health, according to Mayor Gary McCarthy, which is why the city is now looking to move the beloved summer destination to a more central location in the park – and away from the messy geese.

“It just doesn’t meet state standards for filtration and stuff, so we started looking at what the options were for the current facility or to upgrade to a new facility.” , did he declare.

On Monday, city council members got their first glimpse of an estimated $ 3 million plan to move the pool to where the old tennis stadium is located. The stadium, which once hosted professional events, has been dormant for years and no plans are in place to rehabilitate the facility.

Daniel Shearer, senior engineer at Saratoga Associates, a design firm the city has contracted to draft the design plans for the new pool, said the location will allow the city to easily connect the pool with other equipment in the city. park like Music Haven and tennis nearby. courts. The location also offers plenty of shade and the possibility of adding additional equipment in the future.

He compared the current pool to a pond and said it would cost the city between $ 8 million and $ 10 million to bring it up to state standards.

“Cleaning up this waste isn’t that easy,” Shearer said. “It’s a health and safety hazard, quite frankly. “

The plans call for a “Z” shaped swimming pool with swimming lanes, a general purpose area and a children’s play area 0 to 18 inches deep. A public bath, picnic pavilion and seating area are also included in the plans.

The plans also showcase a long-term concept for the site, including a 72-space parking lot, playground, and lighted pathways, though it’s not clear if the city would act on those plans.

Shearer said the plan is to solicit feedback from stakeholders and innovate in the spring of 2023.

“We want it to be something the community can use and enjoy,” he said.

McCarthy said the city is looking to use a portion of the $ 53 million received under the American Rescue Plan Act to pay for the pool relocation costs.

“It seems to help solve some of the fairness issues, it relates to health and safety, and it complements some of the other investments we’ve made in the Music Haven parking lot, A Diamond and the tennis courts,” a- he declared. .

McCarthy said the city will be holding meetings with the Boys & Girls Club, the city’s school district, neighborhood associations and other stakeholders in the near future.

“We’re looking to move forward, but the concept is still somewhat preliminary,” he said. “We are looking for the public’s opinion on what people think. “

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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