The new pool at Mosby Park will be on the site of the existing pool with a low diving board and a slide. The new Olympic-sized pool will be ready to open by May 30, 2014.
Architect Doug Caywood of the Lewis Group discussed the overall plans for the new pool with the Cleveland City Council Monday during its afternoon work session.
Caywood said he has completed the first diagram. Construction documents should be completed by the end of this month or in early September.
“We’re keeping the pool in the same location. We’re just making it bigger and shifting it so we have more deck area between the existing building, the splash park and the pool,” he said. “There will be additional decking going toward Shepard Street and north toward 1st Street.”
New restrooms will be open to the public after pool hours.
“All of the insides of the existing building will be redone. All of the doors and partitions will be redone, along with the toilets and sinks. Everything will be taken out,” he said.
The pool will be 9 feet deep with starting blocks at each end.
“The pool at South Cleveland is 9 feet, so we’re trying to stay consistent, unless we’re directed to go deeper,” he said.
In response to a question from Councilman Dale Hughes about the wisdom of a diving board, Caywood said, “From the community input we received, they want a diving board.”
“Diving boards are dangerous,” Hughes said.
The board will be lower and closer to the water than the existing board.
“They wanted a diving board rather than a climbing wall like they have at South Cleveland,” he said.
“If you don’t want to take on that liability (of a diving board), then we’ll not put in a diving board and we’ll just have to go back to the community (and) make them understand why we’re not putting a diving board in,” City Manager Janice Casteel said.
South Cleveland Community Center features a climbing wall and a slide. Tinsley Park has a low diving board.
Also, Caywood said additional staff parking is being considered at 1st and Shepard streets as a construction option.
Councilman Bill Estes said there is an existing board. The new one will be safer because it is lower and closer to the water.
“It will be safer. Everything about the new pool will be safer,” Estes said. “It’s not like we’re staying at our own level of liability or possible harm to swimmers.”