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Community pool renovation begins

September 12, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Six months after the old North Fort Myers Community Pool closed to the public, construction has commenced for its replacement.

The pool was closed in March when it was discovered there were leaks in the pipes underneath the deck and in the pool itself, according to Alise Flanjack, deputy Parks & Recreation director for Lee County.

"With the pool being 50 years old and we had resurfaced it a couple times, the pipes underneath were old and compromised," Flanjack said. "In looking at redoing the entire pool, still staying within the same property, we decided to build a new pool and not Band-Aid all the piping."

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The pool’s contractor was expected to begin work late last week, but with all the rain last week, things got off to a slow start.

The county opted to access reserves and spend $1.8 million for renovations at the current site.

The North Fort Myers Recreation Center was considered as an alterate location, but that option was deemed too expensive.

The pool will be redesigned. It still will be a rectangular pool but the design will add two more lanes for lap swimmers, a shallow water area for water aerobics as well as allow for competitive swimming for high schools and other age groups for the first time.

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The building, which housed bathrooms and the office, will be redesigned with a new roof, fixtures and flooring as well as improvements for the shower for Americans with Disabilities Act purposes, Flanjack said.

County Commissioner Brian Hamman said he is happy the county is able to be able to renovate the pool.

"This is being invested in the community to provide another amenity that will ultimately improve the quality of life in North Fort Myers," Hamman said. "It should meet the needs of the community even better than it did in the past."

The pool's contractor was expected to begin work late last week, but with all the rain last week, things got off to a slow start.

Flanjack said they were quickly pumping out all the water so demolition can begin, which started Friday.

The pool at the nearby high school will continue to be used for the community for lessons and water aerobics (if the high school team isn't using it for practice or a meet) until the new pool is completed, which is set for shortly after the new year.



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