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Palm Ridge Aquatics Center closes in June for maintenance

Palm Ridge Aquatics Center closes in June for maintenance



Palm Ridge Aquatics Center users will want to make note of an upcoming maintenance closure.


The center will close for about eight weeks beginning Friday, June 1, as crews begin replacing the indoor pool trench drain and resurfacing the deck. As always, the Rec Centers’ primary concern is resident safety. Availability to non-construction areas of the center will be allowed as much as feasible. However, residents are advised to use caution in the area and heed all safety signs and closures.


In the initial phase of the project, the current drain – which is cracking, not draining properly and creating a safety hazard – will be removed from the perimeter of the pool and spa area. This involves cutting into concrete that holds the drain in place. Due to the complexity of this task and the equipment and dust involved, the walking track and fitness center also will be closed at various times throughout the project. The outdoor pool will be closed for the duration.


The second phase of the project will begin July 1, and incorporates heavy construction activities, including pouring concrete and providing a new decorative deck surface.


Additional items to be completed during this closure include remodeling the monitor’s station to meet ADA requirements, cleaning of the building, addition of a new water valve to separate the activity building from the pool building and repairs to the indoor pool handrail.


While subject to change as work is under way, the following schedule and alternate arrangements have been put into place:


  • June 1 through July 31, outdoor pool closed.
  • June 1 through June 13, building closed until 4 p.m. for indoor pool deck demolition work. Walking track and fitness center open from 4 to 9 p.m.
  • June 14 through July 1, walking track and fitness center open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • July 2 through July 14, remodel of monitor station to meet ADA requirements, building closed.
  • July 15 through July 31, walking track and fitness center open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.


During periods when the indoor walking track is closed, the Summit Hall will be open for walking. Dates and times will be posted on the Summit Hall doors in the Activity building.


To make up for the absence of children’s pool hours at Palm Ridge during the 8-week closure, hours at the Beardsley Pool have been modified. Children’s hours at Beardsley will be 3 to 8 p.m. daily.


Pickleball users will be diverted to an alternate entrance to the courts when required by construction activities. No vehicle traffic or cart parking will be allowed in or along the roundabout driveaway during this project. Parking lots will not be affected.


The Rec Centers appreciates members’ patience during this important maintenance project. Please watch for announcements or signage at Palm Ridge, which will alert you to any changes to this schedule.

  1. Betty Woelfel says:

    Since Palm Ridge walking track will be closed for two weeks, it would be helpful to publish on-line the days and times Summit Hall will be available to those of us who want to walk. It would certainly be more convenient than asking those interested to physically make a trip to the Activity Building to view the schedule apparently posted on the door to Summit Hall.

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Betty. I just got the schedule for walking from facilities staff at Palm Ridge and am going to edit the story about the closure to include that information. Check back this afternoon if you don’t mind. Thanks.

    • Multimedia says:

      Here you go Betty, I published the schedule on the website HERE as well as at the top of this story (above). Thank you for suggesting it, it had slipped through the cracks.

  2. Bill Hughey says:

    I haven’t said this before. No work being done at Palm Ridge this week. Get to work and get the spa opened again. Our staff MUST get this work completed asap. The contractor should never have a day or week off in something as important to we residents.

  3. Bill Hughey says:

    Palm Ridge construction is not going well. There has been no work all this week (thru Wed) and also last Thursday and Friday. Is this contractor a friend that is allowed to work when he has no other jobs to take care of? Closing Palm Ridge for two months and not working each and every day is not acceptable. This place is for those who live here, not to provide employment for those who work at their leisure. Get to work and open Palm Ridge.

    • Multimedia says:

      Mr. Hughey, while we respect your right to voice your concerns about projects within the community, please refrain from making baseless accusations about the Association or the contractors working for us. There are many issues involved in construction that result in no visible work occurring at a particular time. It doesn’t mean a project is not moving forward, your perception of no work being performed is a false one.

      In this case we are waiting on parts. We knew there would be plumbing issues awaiting us when we cut through the deck surface – but until we got there, we wouldn’t know which parts to order. This was expected. As we speak, a pool professional is relocating pool and spa plumbing. In addition small areas of the designed and delivered deck drain from the manufacturer are being redesigned to fit our needs and circumstances.

      Next week concrete is being scheduled for the newly installed drain – upon completion there will be a minimum of 23 days drying time to allow for the new surface to be ready for the adhesion of the projects’ finished deck surface.

      There is nothing unusual about the way this project is progressing, we are working as diligently as possible and nothing unexpected is happening.

      Please be respectful in your future comments. This blog is meant to be constructive not divisive.

      • Chris G says:

        Well said (Multimedia) It’s a shame that some individuals write comments without knowing or probably not even asking someone about what they think they see or not see. The staff has given us notice of when the project will be completed, at no time have we ever been told it would be finished in 20 days. A suggestion would be to have patience and use one of the other 3 facilities that are located less than three miles from the one under construction. Ask questions and do a little research before posting on the site Mr. Bill…

  4. Chris G says:

    To the SCW Recreation Center Staff. Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to drive a short distance to the two outdoor pools, one indoor pool and 3 fitness rooms that are all less than 3 miles from the Palm Ridge Project. We live a short walking distance from Palm Ridge and are happy to take a little more time out of our day to make the short trip while the much needed and overdue project is taking place. We visit the Palm Ridge outdoor pool often during the year, especially in the spring and fall, and it is much more difficult to find an opened chair during those times. Thank you for choosing the most opportune time to impact the least amount of users at both pools, walking track and fitness center as you make the necessary repairs. We as year round residents encourage you to STAY THE COURSE AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!!

  5. RAY KAMKA says:

    SCHEDULING of big & little projects will always make SOMEONE unhappy – I for one, for what it’s worth, think you are doing a thankless, but great job trying to keep ALL US SENIORS happy. Keep up the good work!!!!

    • Since only year round residents are being affected by this major Palm Ridge project please keep this in mind and the next time a choice has to be made similar to this show your appreciation to the year round residents by scheduling it when winter residents are here also. Thank you for your efforts in making SCW a great place to live.

      • While I always thought why just penalizethe full time folks, think about it. If you close in winter, full time residents are still penalized. So misery likes company doesn’t become a good idea, unless you leave for the winter.

  6. Michael Richards says:

    Why did the memo state that the outdoor pool will be closed at “various times” then later on the article indicate that it will be closed for the duration of the project? Seems a bit misleading. Again why do the year around residents get restrictions of use for the pools in,the hottest time of year. No excuses, plan ahead.

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Michael. Sorry, it wasn’t meant to be misleading when we said “…the outdoor pool, walking track, and fitness center also will be closed at various times throughout the project.” We did lump those items together and chose wording to cover them all, but perhaps we should’ve separated them out. I will edit the article to reflect that, thanks.

  7. Will the walking track and the gym be available on weekends?

    • Multimedia says:

      I’m afraid not Gene, it’s still a construction zone and will be closed for the duration of the project.

  8. Ditto to Debbie about the pool.

    And the answer that someone has to be inconvenienced while true is inane in my opinion.

    The answer is that despite the weather and visitors and that summer people pay the same, we choose to always inconvenience the summer people in the hottest part of the summer.

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Judy. As mentioned above in response to Debbie, we have construction projects going on year-round. With any project, large or small, there will be inconveniences to bear. Thank you for your patience.

  9. Jana Fogle says:

    Are water fitness classes moving to a different pool during the closure or just cancelled?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hello Jana. We’re told that the Fitness Club instructor chose to take the time off during the closure and members of that club should be hearing from club officers. Water Fitness has chosen to move their classes to the Kuentz pool.

      • Multimedia says:

        The above information was referencing the one week closure of the RHJ pool last month, NOT Palm Ridge. Sorry for any confusion Jana, hopefully you’ve got the information you need now.

  10. Lynn Horvat says:

    Thanks for the update. I was searching for this a couple of days ago.

  11. Leona Callender says:

    More accurately, children’s hours.

    • Multimedia says:

      We’ve also made arrangements for our indoor walkers to utilize the Summit Hall, in addition to accommodating children’s pool hours elsewhere.

  12. Leona Callender says:

    Will RHJ pool hours be revised for visiting family during this time? Don’t see why this can’t be done during the winter months.

    • Multimedia says:

      Yes Leona, they will. RHJ children’s hours will be moved to Beardsley during this one week closure.

  13. I know there are fewer residents here during summer months but why do things like pools have to be worked on during the summer when people are more likely to use them with visitors and the hot weather. We pay the same rec fee as others.

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Debbie. We have projects scheduled throughout the year, so timing is always a challenge. The pool issues have been pending for a while and we postponed them while the majority of residents were here. There is no good time to do it. On some of the other projects, capital funds don’t become available until July 1, so we can’t do them prior to that. Putting them off till the fall just puts more projects into that time period. No matter when we do them, someone will be inconvenienced. We do our best to balance them. Thank you for understanding.

    • Dave Morris says:

      What can be done about the woodpecker problem at Palm Ridge?

      • Multimedia says:

        Hello Dave. The woodpeckers at Palm Ridge are an ongoing issue we’ve been dealing with for several years. We’ve asked for a status update on what tactics are currently being used and/or what is in the pipeline …once we hear back, we will let you know!

      • Multimedia says:

        Hello again Dave. What we’ve found is that Facilities Maintenance does continue to battle the woodpecker problem at Palm Ridge. Nothing new to report. Have a great day.

        • Use Woodpecker Repellents – There are repellents you can also utilize to keep woodpeckers away. There is bird repellent tape that can be bought at home and garden stores that is pretty effective in keeping the birds from coming to your house. … The woodpecker is a beautiful bird, but it can cause some serious damage.

          • Multimedia says:

            Thank you for your input Jim. We’re working through the process right now, and have consulted with a pest control vendor as we use more advanced means to try and rid ourselves of the woodpeckers. The reflective tape did not phase them at all! You are correct, they can cause serious damage.

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