• A proposed design for the new county pool complex, including a competition pool, kiddie pool and splash fountain. See video online by searching for “Gilmer County Pool.”
    A proposed design for the new county pool complex, including a competition pool, kiddie pool and splash fountain. See video online by searching for “Gilmer County Pool.”

Pool design shown to public

On a hot day when it would be nice to be in the water, Gilmer County citizens were able to get a look at the design of the proposed Gilmer County pool. 

A six-minute video of the design, which is available online (click here to view), was shown at a special called meeting of the board of commissioners Monday, July 7.

Scott Walker of Premier Pools narrated the video, which shows a mock-up of a large building which would be a recreation center with a smaller building off the back, which would be built with the pool to house bathrooms, changing rooms and a concession stand.

“So, you’ve seen what I think is a very good proposal for a competition pool and a kiddie pool,” Gilmer County Chairman Charlie Paris said.

The larger pool is designed to be eight lanes wide and competition length. There are three cutouts to provide for stair entry into the pool and a landing area for two proposed slides.

Depth of the pool will run from 5 feet in three-fourths to a 4-feet area for water aerobics.

Larry Lykins, president of the Three Rivers Athletic Club asked Paris to make the lanes at least 7 feet wide each. He said 8 feet is ideal, but 7 feet was a compromise. The width would allow for two swimmers to pass each other in a lane during practices.

“I think 7 feet is the minimum to serve our needs,” Lykins said.

The design had allowed  for the outside lanes to be at least 8 feet wide and the inner lanes to be 6.5 feet wide. Lykins said uniform size lanes would be better.

Also in the design is a smaller splash pool which has a beach entry and runs to 3 feet with water features for kids to play under. A splash pad where kids can get wet without getting into the water is also part of the design.

The covering of the competition pool was part of the video but was pictured to the right of the main building so the pool could be seen. Once built the covering would be permanent. It would connect to the bathroom building and have garage doors which open on three sides.

Paris said the priority is to build the pool and building, second is the covering for the pool and then finally the splash pool. 

Right now, the county is going to build as much as the $1.2 million budget will allow and then add structures as money becomes available.

Placement of the pool is still under consideration. Paris said there are some challenges with the land next to the soccer fields across from Riverside Park. He said he thinks most of the challenges can be dealt with, the only insurmountable one would be in dealing with the railroad crossing.

Contact has been made with a railroad representative and verbal communication has been good, but nothing is in writing yet.

Paris said the next step is to begin the engineering process, and he would start it at the work session on Wednesday and then at the regular meeting Thursday night, July 11.

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