Hanover Township's new pool anticipated to be 'aquatic leisure campus'

HANOVER TWP., Pa. – Plans for a brand new municipal swimming pool in Hanover Township, Northampton County, are shifting ahead to the design part after Tuesday night time’s board of supervisors assembly.

The board licensed the agency overseeing the deliberate renovations of the pool to organize bid paperwork and advance to the following part of the design.

The undertaking is estimated to price $5 million and can embrace lots of the options urged throughout a group discussion board of 100 individuals and in on-line surveys, mentioned Joseph Powell of BKP Architects, Philadelphia.

The township’s supervisors employed BKP final June for $29,120 to find out the very best plan of action for the leaking 40-year-old pool on Jacksonville Highway, which has cracked underground pipes and has been closed since June 2019. The township hopes to open the brand new pool subsequent yr.

Throughout his casual presentation to the board, Powell mentioned the pool and its surrounding grounds, when accomplished, will likely be greatest described as an “aquatic leisure campus.”

Options of the pool, which will likely be utterly fenced for security and safety, will embrace a splash pad, a slide, a wading pool, underwater seating, a zero-depth entry space and lanes for aggressive swimming.

Different additions will embrace a snack stand, entry for meals vans, lighting, restrooms, a devoted space for lifeguards and their gear, a check-in space for visitors, canopy-covered areas for shade, and bushes that will not shed their leaves, to maintain the pool clear.

Powell mentioned the plan additionally requires establishing an excellent garden, the place the township may host outside occasions throughout and past the pool season.

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BKP will likely be working with a technical engineer to pump concrete into the bottom to stabilize and mitigate settlement of the brand new pool, Powell mentioned. The bottom underneath the pool comprises water-soluble limestone that’s susceptible to sinkholes. When the bottom strikes, the pool’s pipes break.

Powell mentioned BKP needs to be able to go to bid for the work on the pool by August or September.

Township Supervisor John Finnigan Jr. suggested the board to maintain the undertaking shifting due to the spiking prices of constructing supplies.