News: Memorial Pool Update & Swim Information
|6/16/2023 12:00:00 AM
Click here to watch a video discussion with Mayor Austin Tylec and Parks and Rec Director Alex Domaradzki about Memorial Pool.
There's been a lot of questions and postulating about the status of the pool and where we are going. Below is a reference to answer all those questions and provide some clarity. You can also click here for a printable reference document.
The bad news: For the 2023 season and beyond Memorial Pool will be closed due to many factors and safety concerns caused by the aging infrastructure. We've basically been extending the life of a 75 year old pool facility with band-aids and quick-fixes to get us through the past few swim seasons. We are at a point where that is no longer possible.
The good news: We are currently in the design phase for a new outdoor aquatic facility. To learn more about it click here.
In the meantime, the following are your swim options:
Raindrop Spray Pool
June 23-August 19
12pm-6pm (all ages)
Swim Lessons at NTI School Pool
Session 1: June 26-July 21
Session 2: July 24-August 18
Click here to register
Wednesday FREE Family Swim at NTI School Pool
June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, Aug 2, Aug 9 & Aug 16
Must pre-register online. Registration will be open for one week at a time. Registration opens the Thursday preceeding the swim date (i.e. registration for the July 5 family swim will begin on Thursday June 29).
Click here to register for the next free swim date.
Kohler Pool Open Swim
For an alternative local outdoor swim experience, Kohler Pool in the City of Tonawanda is open to non-residents at the cost of $2 per day or $20 for a season pass. Click here for more information.
2017: City identified the aging status of Memorial Pool needed to be addressed, and begun the process of seeking a firm to do a feasibility study.
2018: Feasibility study began to investigate the current conditions and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of two options: Build new vs. Renovate the existing structure.
2019: Feasibility study was completed and accepted by the Council in November of 2019.
2020-2021: Covid put a hault in pursuing the direction of the pool decision
2022: Council approved funding to move forward with the design and development of a new outdoor aquatic facility. Proposal requests went out publicly and local/statewide engineer firms were solicited with the proposal document requests.
2023: Brandstetter & Carol was the lone proposal received. Based on their extensive background in this area of work (many aquatic facility projects under their belts) and their knowledge of the current facility (completed the Pool Feasibility Study) they were awarded the Design contract.
June 2023: We are currently working Brandstetter & Carol along with a steering committee to work through the design process. Over the course of this year there will be public meetings and updates along the way. We are also working with grant writers and the LCDC to apply for a number of grants to help subsidize the cost of the project.
2024-2025: With the support of the community and council we hope to have funds allocated and complete construction by 2025
Pool Feasibility Study (completed 2019)
Current Pool Updates