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We can see an end to the upper pool makeover project!!!!

Today, as we send out this update, the plumbing that connects all the skimmers as well as the piping that connects all the returns around the perimeter of the pool will be completed.  Tomorrow and Sunday the tile and coping will be installed by the masons. Once the coping is set, backfilling and stone prep can begin for the pool decks. The prep and then pouring of the decks is expected to take two and a half to three days. The last step prior to filling the pool with water is applying the plaster finish.  Depending on when the deck work is completed, and the weather, plaster is tentatively scheduled for next Friday – Saturday or Saturday – Sunday.  Filling the pool will begin within hours of the deep end being plastered; the curing process begins under water.  The plaster process is expected to take two days.  After the pool is filled with water, and the filters turned on, it will take a couple days to balance the pool water chemically prior to opening.

Look for another update mid-week…and hopefully, an OPENING DATE!!!!

While the weather wasn’t the greatest, the lower pool opened on Saturday (6/3) alongside the annual Chicken Bar-B-Que.  The pool was also open for business on Sunday (6/4).

The lower pool will reopen for the season on Saturday, June 10th.  On Sunday, June 11, we will have an inflatable Circus Train out on the yard for our youngest patrons to enjoy.

Due to the ongoing construction of the upper pool, please note the following changes:

  • The ticket booth will be relocated to the manager’s office.
  • Entrance to the pool complex will be via the gate next to the manager’s office.
  • Bathhouse entrance will be via the doors on the parking lot side.
  • Entrance to the lower pool will be via the gate in the play yard.
  • The First Aid Room will be relocated to the manager’s office.

The long awaited “shotcrete” process, the spraying of concrete over the steel shell, occurred this past Thursday (6/1), Friday (6/2) and Saturday (6/3).  Over the three days, a parade of cement trucks (I believe the final number was 26!) kept the flow of concrete spraying until the job was completed.  After sitting for several days, the wooden batter boards and stakes, which formed the perimeter of the pool, are scheduled to be removed Tuesday (6/6).  Weather permitting… the installation of coping is scheduled to begin on Wednesday (6/7).  We will be back with an upper pool makeover update at the end of the week.

While the weather wasn’t the greatest, the lower pool opened on Saturday (6/3) alongside the annual Chicken Bar-B-Que.  The pool was also open for business on Sunday (6/4).

The lower pool will reopen for the season on Saturday, June 10th.

Due to the ongoing construction of the upper pool, please note the following changes:

  • The ticket booth will be relocated to the manager’s office.
  • Entrance to the pool complex will be via the gate next to the manager’s office.
  • Bathhouse entrance will be via the doors on the parking lot side.
  • Entrance to the lower pool will be via the gate in the play yard.
  • The First Aid Room will be relocated to the manager’s office.
  • We are very sorry to announce the upper pool makeover will not be finished in time for use on June 3rd.
  • The lower pool is ready and will open for Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th.
  • We will not be open during the week…Monday, June 5th through Friday, June 9th; the lower pool will be available for swim team practice following school each day.
  • The lower pool will reopen for the season on Saturday, June 10th.
  • Due to the ongoing construction of the upper pool, please note the following changes:

The ticket booth will be relocated to the manager’s office.
 Entrance to the pool complex will be via the gate next to the manager’s office.
Bathhouse entrance will be via the doors on the parking lot side.
Entrance to the lower pool will be via the gate in the play yard.
The First Aid Room will be relocated to the manager’s office.

  • We will update the status of the upper pool makeover project later in the week.  We apologize for the temporary inconveniences caused by this delay.  While the upper pool opening is on hold, we look forward to enjoying the “new upper pool” for many, many years to come.  Here are a few of the highlights of the renovation:

 Essentially, we will have a new pool with all new plaster finish, all new piping and skimmer system.
 Safer diving well – the new layout meets current competitive requirements of depth, length and width.
 Redesign of diving well will repurpose an area for swimming.
 Pool can now be properly winterized; a pool cover will be installed for the winter.
 Expanded zero entry/beach area gives us increased shallow water for our youngest patrons, along with 12 new bubblers for their enjoyment.
 New under water bench in the midsection on the grass side will be a great place to sit and cool off.
 Additional set of steps makes entry and departure from the pool much easier than a ladder for many of our patrons.
 Replacement of pool decking removes many tripping/falling hazards.

HCC CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY WITH AN UPPER POOL MAKEOVER

April 4, 2017 @ 3:10 pm
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With the upper pool opening in 1957 and the lower pool opening in the early 1970s, the filtration systems and piping to and from the pools have been updated and/or replaced as needed throughout the Center’s 59 years.  The pools’ basic structures, walls and floors, have remained untouched other than being painted almost every year and the walls/floors patched as necessary.  The exceptions being in 2011 when the upper pool’s “bulkhead” was removed and replaced with a peninsula, the baby pool was re-plastered, a zero entry ramp and steps were added for ADA compliance.  Going forward, to help us with the task of assessing both pools, we developed the following list of concerns, needs, and questions we had concerning each pool:

Upper Pool

  • Safety – Can the diving well be redesigned to meet today’s depth, width and length requirements?
  • Gutters are in bad shape; have been patched and sections replaced after tough winters; must be scraped and painted each year; can no longer be utilized as designed – leaks between the gutter and the top of the pool wall prevent water from reaching gutter
  • Base drain valve and pipes leading to base drains need to be replaced
  • Mid-section floor has had many, many patches over the years – needs to be re-plastered
  • Return line “screens” prevent proper winterization
  • Need additional shallow water in the baby pool section
  • Safety – decks have many cracks, gaps and non-level areas between sections

Lower Pool

  • Safety – Is it possible to increase the depth of the deep end? (diving in from blocks)
  • Structural – Are the wall issues structural or cosmetic?
  • Skimmer system not ideal for a competition pool
  • Returns are located in floor of pool; pool must be emptied to winterize
  • Original plaster; needs sandblasting and re-plastering
  • Safety – decks have many cracks, gaps and non-level areas between sections

We then met on site with our pool contractor and his engineer working through the list outlined above, as well seeking additional input from them concerning any other issues or changes they felt were necessary going forward.  Both are familiar with our complex as they assisted us in our renovation project beginning in 2011.

After working with contractor and engineer reviewing several drafts, the following options were selected for each pool:

Upper Pool Renovation 2017

  • A completely new skimmer pool within existing pool; essentially form and shoot a new pool within existing pool; modifying baby pool to allow for new depth of shotcrete; peninsula will be modified to accept changes
  • The diving well will be redesigned to have one diving board; meeting competitive requirements
  • The new activity pool will have two new wedding cake steps on each side of pool; current straight steps to be removed
  • The new activity pool will have new main drains and new piping back to filters, 10 new skimmers with new piping back to filters, 16 new return fittings with new piping back to filters, all new precast concrete coping, waterline tile, quartz plaster, depth markers, and new decking around the pool’s perimeter
  • The new activity pool will utilize the existing filtration system (new in 2016) and will tie in as planned; the diving board will be moved to new area; the slide will be moved; the pool will be bonded and grounded
  • The baby pool will have a large expanded zero entry; additional wall jets and features reinstalled; there will also be bubblers installed throughout the zero entry

Benefits:

  • Essentially, a new pool with all new plaster finish, all new piping and a working skimmer system
  • Safe diving well; new layout meets current competitive requirements
  • Redesign of diving well will repurpose an area for swimming
  • Pool can now be properly winterized; pool cover will be installed for the winter
  • Expanded zero entry gives us increased shallow water for our youngest patrons
  • Additional set of steps makes entry and departure from the pool much easier than a ladder for many of our patrons
  • Replacement of pool decking removes many tripping/falling hazards

Lower Pool Renovation 2018

  • Saw cutting down of entire pool beam; removal of  tile coping and 18” down of the beam
  • Structural rebar and shooting in of shotcrete haunch or receptacle for the gutter
    • while the wall issues are thought to be cosmetic, an added benefit is this will correct any structural beam damage if it has occurred
    • Installation of new perimeter overflow stainless gutter with Balance Header to avoid surge tank
      • New overflow gutter will add 5/6 inches of depth
      • New dual main drains and drain line connected to Balance Header and new drain lines to filters; new return lines and wall fittings
      • Increase depth of deep end (end with starting blocks) of pool by one foot for a distance of 18’ from end wall
      • All new lane lines and targets in tile; quartz plaster finish and new decking around the pool’s perimeter

Benefits:

  • Stainless overflow gutter system is ideal for competitive swimming
  • Increased depth of water will allow for safer diving from starting blocks
  • Tiling of lane lines and targets will mean not having to be painted yearly
  • Pool can now be winterized without completely draining the pool
  • Pool can now be properly winterized; pool cover will be installed for the winter
  • Replacement of pool decking removes many tripping/falling hazards

 

NEW VENDOR TAKES OVER SNACK STAND

March 11, 2015 @ 4:06 pm
posted by admin

We would like to introduce ourselves to the patrons of the Harleysville Community Center Pool; starting in the summer of 2015 we are honored to be the new vendors at the pool snack bar. We are The McCoy family; we have been operating the Lansdale pool snack bars since 2006 and the Towamencin snack bar since 2014. We enjoy interacting with the members and have built long term relationships with our customers. We provide a vast menu and pride ourselves in providing great quality meals and snacks at a reasonable cost. We will be accepting credit cards and will sell gift certificates – so that parents will never need to worry about having to send cash with their kids to the pool. We will be open in conjunction with pool hours and have a full lunch & dinner menu. Also a party package will be available to members who would like to celebrate their child’s birthday at the pool.

We have planned two Family Fun Days at the Harleysville Pool this Summer, Sunday June 21st and on Sunday, July 12th. On both dates the snack bar will host a pool party as a way to give back to our customers. From 2:00 to 5:00pm we will have a DJ playing music and games with all the kids – lots of prizes to be won. We will also have a giant inflatable water slide at the pool – it promises to be a fun time for all the family.

We look forward to meeting everyone on opening day, please stop by and say hello.

Sheila, Skip, Ciara, Shania, and Brooke McCoy.

Planning an upcoming event…Contact us at HCC for Uncle Norm’s Pavilion or the Scout Cabin for rental availability and fees. PHONE: 215-256-9315

Last year Uncle Norm’s Pavilion and the Scout Cabin was part of a very special wedding and many other local organizations use the facilities for all size events!