Yr-round outside pool a consideration in Westbrook


The Cornelia Warren Outdoor Pool in Westbrook has been closed since 2020. Chance Viles/American Journal

The city is considering a hybrid indoor-outdoor pool for the Westbrook Community Center that could be used year-round.

The pool would replace the public pool at the Cornelia Warren Outdoor Recreation Area. The pool initially closed in 2020 due to the pandemic but remained closed due to disrepair.

The city is seeking a grant to fund a feasibility study for a new outdoor pool and will seek other grants for the project as well. In the meantime, it has been looking at possible designs.

Indoor access to the Best Western South Portland’s outdoor pool allows for year-round use of the heated pool. Chance Viles/American Journal

“We proposed, as part of our due diligence, to fund a pool that could be used 12 months a year instead of just 10-12 weeks,” said Greg Post, director of the community center.

The pool would be “sort of a hybrid that would offer outdoor facilities for summer use and could complement the current indoor pool during indoor seasons,” Post said. “No one knows what that looks like and what it may cost in relation to what we had.”

The pool may resemble the pool at the South Portland Best Western on Main Street, Post said. This pool is outdoors, but swimmers can enter it directly from the building.

City officials will have a better idea of ​​the project’s budget later this spring once they learn what grants they will receive.

City project manager Robyn Saunders said she hopes the city council can sign off on the terms of the feasibility study in June.

“The city is very early on. The movement is slowly moving on,” Saunders said.

Post previously said there were no plans to repair or reopen the existing outdoor pool.

The foundation of the outdoor pool in the recreation area has shifted due to the terrain and the pool has cracked and other structural problems. The cost of repairing the pool and a new bathhouse was previously estimated at $1.8 million, exceeding the expected cost by about $1 million, prompting officials to proceed with construction of a new pool.

The original plan was to replace the old pool with a splash guard, but community members at a summer 2020 council meeting voted in favor of a pool, even if it meant a new location.

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