RHJ pool construction continues, closures in place
The R.H. Johnson Pool remodel is well under way. There is heavy equipment in the area, and residents are reminded that crossing into closed areas or ignoring caution tape is forbidden. For those who are interested in seeing the process, we will post photos regularly on facebook.com/suncitywest.
The pool closed Jan. 3 to accommodate the work, and residents are asked to use extra caution throughout the complex and avoid any restricted areas. The pool will remain closed until the project is completed, which is slated for August 2017.
The (old) main entrance to the Fitness Center remains closed. Residents wishing to work out, use group fitness or the indoor spa, should enter the fitness center through the handicap accessible ramp at the east end of the building.
Fencing closes off the main entrance to the pool building and fitness center; the sidewalk between bocce ball, mini golf and the IT server room that leads from the upper R.H. Johnson complex near the Social Hall, to the lower complex near the Activities Center. Additionally, the upper deck of R.H. Johnson near the arches by Rip ‘n’ Sew has been deconstructed with fencing in place; the same goes for the upper deck between Model Railroad and Ceramics.
During the initial part of the closure, Facilities Maintenance crews painted the buildings in the area as part of the facility enhancement project that began at R.H. Johnson in 2015. This painting was delayed until the closure for the pool remodel in order to minimize inconvenience to members using the facilities.
MODIFIED CHILDREN’S SWIM HOURS
Since children’s swim hours at R.H. Johnson are unavailable, the hours at Beardsley and Palm Ridge rec centers have been modified. During the construction period, children’s hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. at Palm Ridge and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. at Beardsley. There are no children’s hours at Kuentz Rec Center.
The pool project involves complete replacement of the existing pool, which is more than 35 years old and was in frequent need of repairs. This includes the old pipes and pumping system, which was in dire need of replacement. The winter start date was chosen because concrete cures better in colder weather, making February and March the best time to construct a pool in Arizona.
The project is budgeted at $4.1 million. Plans call for eight, 25-meter swimming lanes; shaded umbrellas over parts of the pool; a zero-entry section; small splash pad; an enlarged spa; and a large middle section that can be used for water volleyball. Additionally, the pool includes an expanded water walking area, larger than the current pool offers, with a water feature in the center of it. The entrance for the pool and fitness area will be redesigned as an enclosed lobby with a centralized check-in desk.
The $4.1 million project also includes a new addition: a great lawn near the bocce courts (close to the pool but separated by a fence) with stepped up access to the upper section of R.H. Johnson where the Member Services Office and various chartered clubs reside. This will provide new access from the top to bottom. The great lawn with an attached, elevated performance stage will provide a new venue for residents. A picnic area also is included in this area.
Photos taken Feb. 27 show progress on the project (more recent photos below):
More photos taken in March: