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I’m here on behalf of your Recreation
Authority to provide a 5-minute update on the status of the Welch Pool
The original Welch Pool (shown here) served the region for 51 consecutive
On Nov. 5, the CRRA approved four construction contracts for the new “Welch
Thanks to municipal cooperation, over the next 11 months,
this site will be transformed into…
The new Welch Pool Complex
Water surface increases from 8,000
sq. ft. to 12,000 sq. ft.:
(1) 8-lane, 25-yard lap pool with two
diving boards. Depths: 3 ˝ to 12 ˝ ’.
We expect to be able to maintain 2
lap lanes at all times – except during peak periods.
(2) Separate leisure pool with a
beach entry, three waterslides, current channel, vortex, tot area with play structure and sprayground area.
New bathhouse building & new
mechanical building. The pools will include an ultraviolet water filter system.
Shared parking, ADA parking &
drop-off area on the adjacent SCAHS South tract
Two “6-table” umbrella pavilions
Twelve “2 table” umbrella pavilions.
from the original Welch Pool, which dedicates the pool in memory of Wm. L.
Welch Sr., will be displayed at the new
Welch Pool with a new companion plaque about the renewal.
In preparing for the Welch Pool Ceremony on Labor Day,
Mayor Welch (who was Dr. Welch’s son) wrote
to Todd Roth on August 12, 2009, two days before he entered the hospital.
Two memories stick out for me when it
comes to the pool:
- While my Dad enjoyed swimming, his reason for
wanting a community pool had more to do with safety than with recreation. He said that every
summer he had to patch up kids with bad cuts, broken bones, concussions, that they got jumping into
whatever "old swimming hole" might be available. He saw the pool as a healthy, safe place for kids to
enjoy the water.
- When I was in
high school, I spent many an evening at the old borough building on S. Fraser
St. stuffing envelopes for the fund
drive for the pool. Maybe that predisposed me to running for mayor....
I am having surgery (leg-artery bypass) at Hershey on
Friday, but should be back at the computer within about 10 days, if you have any questions.
Mayor Welch passed away on Friday, Sept. 4, three
days before the ceremony at Welch Pool – so it was fitting that this message was read during that ceremony.
The agenda lists the actions taken by the Authority Board on November
In total, 18 bids were submitted for this project:
5 General Contractors
5 Plumbing Contractors
3 Electrical Contractors
5 Swimming Pool Contractors
As a result, the Total Project Cost is expected to be $4,982,348.
The bids prices were such that the Authority was
able to contract for all the desired
Exactly 2 years ago (Nov. 2007), this
body established a cost ceiling of $5.4 million for this project.
You may have noticed that the Welch Pool
waterslide (from 1987) was removed last week. The slide was sold to the
highest bidder via Internet Auction for $3,575. The pool boiler, diving
boards, lane lines, starting blocks and covers were also sold in that manner.
is scheduled to begin in December, then construction can begin in the Spring.
Construction is scheduled to be fully
complete in 11 months (Fall 2010) and the new Welch Pool Complex will open on
Memorial Day Weekend of 2011. The focus of the Recreation Authority remains to
“DO IT RIGHT” as opposed to Do It Quickly and construct a quality facility
that will again meet the “test of time” for the community.
Add features such as Ultraviolet Light
filters to the pools.