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Albany begins process to redesign Lincoln Park Pool

July 17, 2019 11:12 PM

ALBANY – The City of Albany Water Department said the Lincoln Park Pool leaks about half a million gallons of water a day. Between that and its old age, the city is starting the process of replacing the pool.

They are now officially accepting bids from engineering firms to help redesign the pool.

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“It's on a national register of historic places, we have hundreds of our kids use that pool every day when it's open,” said Commissioner of the city water department Joe Coffey.

The pool was built back in 1929 and Coffey said they have found engineering reports that show it has been leaking since then. He said it’s due to poor drainage. He also said the pool is tilting and they aren’t able to fill it up all the way. Coffey said they began a study on the pool about four years ago.

"We did a study to figure out kind of what's going here,” explained Coffey. “We did some ground penetrating radar over the pool and we found there were some voids under the pool and trying to find through the soil where all the piping was and there's a lot of cracks in deck."

Coffey say now that they completed that, the city is accepting bids from engineering firms so they can create a design with the community for a new pool.

"Over the next six months or so work with the community, work with the city department's what are the options for us to demolish this pool,” said Coffey. “Build a pool like the one like it looks now in Lincoln Park, but make it so that it meets the code."

Coffey said the city will eventually need to figure out funding for construction of a new pool.

“Hundreds of thousands of dollars to demolish get rid of all that material so that new pool, to rebuild it the way it is, is probably north of $5 million,” said Coffey.

Coffey said this is all proactive and they don’t anticipate any major problems with the pool throughout the summer, but there’s always some worry. He said in the end though it’s about getting the project done right.  

“You just have to go back and every day you look at how many of our kids are using that pool,” said Coffey. “When it's like this and it's going to be 95, 100 degrees we're very blessed to be able to have that resource in the city. We want to make sure we keep it.”

Bid from engineering firms are due on Aug. 15.

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Emily De Vito

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