Myers Memorial Pool was a popular place to beat the summer heat in Winooski until it closed three years ago.
Now the city has cleared a major hurdle toward giving it new life.
The City Council approved a construction contract Monday night with the same company that recently rebuilt Rutland’s city pool.
“You know, it’s something that’s been in progress for three years now,” Winooski Mayor Kristine Lott said. “I know residents are very itchy — children are very itchy — to get in there, so we are this much closer and on track to actually reopening the pool.”
The Myers Pool Foundation says it will donate $300,000 to the project. That will push down the total price tag to $3,417,000 — almost $500,000 less than voters approved for the project in August.
“(The foundation) met the goal that we set for them; they intend to raise more money, I’ve heard,” Lott said. “They have done a great job, and it’s thanks to them, honestly, that we’re able to put forward the proposal that aligns most closely to the community vision.”
People in the Onion City won’t have to wait too much longer for the new pool to open, either. City officials are expecting the work to start in early June.
“More than likely, it’ll be a two-season construction project, so it would go through this construction season this summer, probably shut down for the winter and restart next spring, and we’re expecting it to be complete in July of next year,” Winooski Department of Public Works director Jon Rauscher said.
Instead of being built out of concrete, the shell of the new Myers Pool will be made of laminated stainless steel. That change is expected to save the city more than $500,000 in maintenance costs over the new pool’s lifespan.
The new pool will also have a 16-foot water slide instead of the 10-foot slide that was being considered at one time.
Myers Memorial Pool opened in Winooski in 1973. Even though it closed in 2016, it gave the city a longer lifespan than originally intended.
“Typically, with this kind of pool, 40 years is the anticipated lifespan, so we’re looking forward to reinvigorating it and installing a new pool,” Rauscher said.