The warm weather is upon us, and the Town Pools are preparing to open for the summer on Memorial Day Weekend. For the 2023 season the schedule for opening the pools will be slightly altered from the traditional opening schedule. The Country Knolls Pool will have a new liner in 2023. Due to scheduling issues with the contractor, the liner installation will not begin until next week. To ensure we have two pools open on Memorial Day Weekend as originally planned, the Locust Lane and Barney Road Pools will open on May 29th. Country Knolls will open when the liner installation project is complete.
The Town embarked on a plan in 2022, to have the pool liner replaced at the Country Knolls Pool. Due to concerns regarding contractor availability and possible supply chain delays in securing the needed materials, a plan was initiated to allow for the maximum amount of time to schedule the necessary steps in the process. Following the closure of the pool in 2022, crews began to remove the old liner and complete the necessary repairs to the pool structure. The work continued until the weather dictated an end to the project for 2022. This Spring, crews completed the remaining repairs and the pool was prepared for the liner installation. We were notified recently the company responsible for the installation would not be able to complete the project as scheduled and work would not begin until approximately mid-June.
Supervisor Barrett explained at Monday’s Town Board Meeting, the plan for the pools this year was to have two pools open on Memorial Day Weekend, which is earlier than when the pools have opened in recent years. After exhausting every possibility, the liner could be installed in time for Memorial Day, preparations were underway to open Country Knolls Memorial Day Weekend without the liner. The pool would then close temporarily for the liner installation and reopen when the project has been completed. However, Tuesday morning we received a call that the liner installation contractor will be here next week. After receiving this call, a new plan was devised.
Typically, the Country Knolls and Barney Road Pools open first, and the Locust Lane Pool opens in late June. This year due to the liner replacement at Country Knolls we will be opening Barney Road and Locust Lane Pools for Memorial Day. Country Knolls will open when the liner installation project is complete, which we estimate will be mid-June. It is difficult to provide an estimated open date for Country Knolls due to the scheduling issues we have experienced to date and the contractor’s progress will be weather dependent. We are hopeful we can open earlier than that time frame.
The Town’s Building and Grounds Department and Pool Management team have been working hard to prepare for the 2023 season. The Learn to Swim Program will also continue in 2023. The number of youngsters who will be able to take the swim classes will be dependent upon the number of certified lifeguards in the program. Details for the program will be released in the near future. We continue to recruit lifeguards for various roles, including teaching swim lessons. The free lifeguard training class had its second successful year and will be offered again in preparation for the 2024 season. The overall lack of lifeguards experienced across the country has been challenging, but we have a great team ready to maintain a safe environment for our pools in 2023.
We look forward to seeing you at the pools this Summer!