City to set aside funding for pool improvements

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther recently announced that the city would use $13 million to improve the aquatics facilities at Glenwood and Windsor community centers in the Hilltop and Linden, respectively. Dedicated funds include $1 million for project design from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and $12 million for construction, which will be part of the 2021 capital improvements budget. Construction at both sites is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2022.

“Our commitment to improving these facilities represents our broader commitment to investing in our neighborhoods,” said Ginther. “By providing newer, better and safer recreational spaces for our residents to enjoy, we are meeting the evolving needs of a growing community while laying the foundation for healthy habits and behaviors that will last a lifetime.”

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) oversees eight outdoor pools, one indoor pool and seven spray parks and fountains, many of which are slated for improvement in the coming years. CRPD is currently assessing its aquatics capital improvement plan and soliciting public input regarding existing and future opportunities at city pools, including full replacement, infrastructure upgrades and expansion, additional play and accessibility features, shelter areas and picnic amenities.

“Our pools offer a place for kids and families to keep cool, connect with each other and have fun in the summer,” said Paul Rakosky, interim CRPD director. “Continually investing in our facilities is part of our commitment to building and maintaining the best possible parks system. The improvements to the Glenwood and Windsor pools are the first in a long series of planned improvements to our aquatics facilities, and we look forward to engaging the community throughout this process.”

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