Several weeks earlier than anticipated, Portland Parks and Recreation will open Grant Pool for the season on Monday, July 25, following a closure for major renovations.
The Parks Replacement Bond project got underway in March, to replace ancient mechanical systems and improve accessibility at the pool. Without the repairs, the parks department was unlikely to open the popular pool for the summer.
Much of the pool’s crumbling inner workings had been unchanged since the 1920’s and 1940’s. The project replaced old infrastructure, including plumbing, pumps, motors, pipes, strainer baskets, chemical controllers, sanitation systems, pool gutters, deck drains and filters. The work also included ADA accessibility improvements, including the installation of two new pool lifts.
“It is wonderful to see Grant Pool open earlier than anticipated, and in time for much of this summer,” said Parks director Mike Abbate. “The pool is a treasured asset for the community, and that is why we prioritized it as the first Parks Bond project to be completed.”
The pool will undergo a few more repairs to the pool floor and concrete decking after it closes for the season on Friday, September 23. However, all critical maintenance and safety repairs are completed, and the pool will open while kids are still out of school for summer vacation.
“Before the Bond allowed us to undertake these urgent repairs, our staff did the best they could to keep the pool running, season after season,” said Abbate. “But the past solution of patchwork repairs to ancient, leaky equipment was simply no longer viable. This Bond project ensures that future summer seasons will not be impacted.”
There will be a grand reopening celebration on a yet-to-be-determined August date.
The pool schedule can be found on the park’s website or by calling (503) 823-3674. Several swim lesson sessions will be held in August and September.