Seattle Parks and Recreation invitations group to study Colman Pool upkeep undertaking

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the Colman Pool on Sunday, July 17 from 12-2pm to learn about and provide input on an upcoming maintenance and improvement project at the pool. Colman Pool is located in Lincoln Park at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW in West Seattle.

Colman Pool, originally built in 1941, is one of only two public outdoor pools in Seattle and the only public saltwater pool in King County. Its scenic location on Lincoln Park Beach offers a unique experience with 50-meter swimming lanes and the occasional orca sighting. The pool is regularly used for training by swimming teams as well as recreational swimmers.

The current changing rooms have remained largely unchanged from their original construction, and numerous entry barriers have been documented preventing potential users of all abilities from easily entering the pool. Many of the cast-iron pipes and components of the sand filter system that draws swimming water from Puget Sound are also original, and the main body of the bathhouse is unreinforced masonry (URM).

The goal of the upcoming maintenance project is to refurbish the changing rooms to improve access for people of all abilities, provide family and non-gender specific toilets and changing areas (currently there are none), improve the caretaker’s quarters, and several other improvements throughout the bathhouse and on the pool deck, which improves access for all users. This project will also provide general, much-needed updates to the unique, mission-critical filtration equipment essential to extracting and filtering water from Puget Sound, as well as strengthening the walls to ensure building occupants can safely withstand an earthquake. These improvements will enable Colman Pool to continue to serve new generations of users in the future.

Please join us and learn more. If you have any questions, please contact project planner Oliver Bazinet at [email protected] or 206-427-9086. To learn more about Colman Pool, please visit https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/pools/colman-pool.