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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 outdoor pool, walking track, and fitness center also will be closed at various times throughout the project.


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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Lynn Horvat says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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