Portland’s 2016 spring weather may, at times, feel like summer in the city, but water sports enthusiasts will have to wait until early August to take a refreshing dip in the Grant outdoor pool. To help maintain the rehab construction schedule, Portland Parks & Recreation said it included an incentive for early completion in the contract.
The pool closure is necessitated by mechanical replacements “that cannot wait.” Plumbing, pumps, pool gutters, deck drains and filters dating to the 1920s and 1940s will be replaced and accessibility improvements made. The project is financed by a November 2014 Parks Replacement Bond passed with more than 75 percent voter support. The $68 million bond’s primary focus: repair and replacement of most critical needs in 35 bond projects citywide.
The bond funds were available at the end of the 2015 swimming season, but the parks department said that before getting to construction, the project had to go through design development, construction documents, permitting and bidding processes, following city and state procurement regulations, a process which took about eight months to complete. A November 2015 setback occurred when both bids were deemed incomplete and the bid process had to be started over.
Routinely, construction would have started after the 2016 swimming season, but the parks department judged Grant pool’s mechanical systems in such poor condition that closing the pool completely this summer was a possibility, if repairs were not performed this year. Rather than going all summer without a pool, the community will instead lose only part of the summer.
Parks is directing swimmers to other facilities for the early part of the summer. At Creston outdoor pool and Matt Dishman, Montavilla and East Portland community centers, swimming lesson registration for summer session is already underway and swimmers are welcome to register for swim teams, according to the parks department.
The parks department said Grant pool plans to have two sessions of swim lessons in August and a couple of swim lesson sessions in September. Grant Pool is also scheduled to stay open until October 9, to accommodate Matt Dishman Pool users, as the Dishman pool is scheduled to be closed for six to eight weeks starting in mid-August for Bond project work to re-plaster the pool and replace the spa.