Updated 6:38am 6/2/17: What was to be the Sycamore Park District Pool’s final inspection on May 25 did not return the results hoped for. Deficiencies in the pool deck’s bonding previously discovered were corrected and more testing was conducted at which time two new areas were identified.
The new opening day for the Sycamore Park District Pool is set for June 9. All issues requiring additional inspections have been resolved. Over the next week, the pool will be filled, heated and its chemicals balanced while the ADA work gets its final inspection.
Sycamore Park District Pool pass holders may use Chamberlain Park Pool, 400 East 2nd Street in Genoa, or Hopkins Park Pool, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb, until the Sycamore Pool opens. Genoa and DeKalb Park Districts will have a list of Sycamore pass holders at their pool’s front desk. Swimmers must present identification (driver’s license, student ID, etc.) for their front desk staff to cross reference with the list. (If you purchase a pass between now and June 7, and would like to swim at DeKalb or Genoa, please wait 24 hours after your purchase before heading to either of these partnering pools. This will ensure staff have enough time to have your name placed on the remote lists.)
Executive Director, Daniel Gibble says, “We are very thankful for our residents’ patience throughout this process and hope the temperatures start to rise as we enter swimming season. We will continue honoring the 5% discount at the Administration Office on all season pass purchases until the pool opens on the 9th.”
Jeff Donahoe, Superintendent of Park and Facility Services says, “It takes about a week from the time we start filling the pool to reach a ready-point for opening. Most of that time is in filling and heating the 250,000 gallons of water. It just doesn’t happen overnight!” For the latest updates on when the pool will open, check the Park District’s Facebook page and website.
Over the winter and spring, the Sycamore Park District Pool underwent construction to make necessary ADA updates as well as other improvements to the entrance, locker rooms, pool deck and pools.
The Park District has a long-range plan and dedicated funds to guide accessibility improvements. Project planning and prioritization is based on the standards set by the American’s with Disabilities Act. While this year’s pool improvements are mostly in response to necessary ADA updates, the District took the opportunity to make some other needed updates as well.
New accessible entry and sidewalk
Accessible counter at concessions
Ramp into the guard room
ADA lift in the baby pool and big pool
Fresh coat of paint on all three pools and throughout the locker room.
New bathroom partitions, toilets and counters
New flooring in the showers
New slide in the baby pool
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