Junior League of Greenwich

Greenwich Pool and Byram Park Project

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A Partnership of the Junior League of Greenwich, the Town of Greenwich, and The Greenwich Community Pool Committee

 MISSION:
Create a new outdoor community pool for Greenwich Residents and revitalize Byram Park
 THE NEED:
Greenwich's only outdoor community pool has a capacity of 40 bathers. When the pool is at capacity families must wait on line, in the hot sun, for a "turn" (20 minutes) to swim.
Bathrooms at the pool are closed.  Swimmers needing the bathrooms must leave the "pool wait line," walk back to the beach entry building, and then stand on the line for re-entry.
The pool leaks gallons of chlorinated water into Long Island Sound Annually.  Repairs to the pool are ineffective.  In 2010 water usage increased 40%.
Byram Beach is not a substitute for a pool. Recreational swimming at Byram Beach is limited due to tides and contamination. The beach is closed from contamination twice as often as Tod’s Point.  At low tide swimming is impossible and other times difficult, due to the rocks.
For many Greenwich residents this is their ONLY opportunity to swim.
Swimming safety.  Each year, many students arrive at Greenwich High School unable to swim.
The pool does not meet ADA requirements for the handicapped.
 THE VISION:
Create a new environmentally low impact community pool, which meets the many needs of all ages.
Revitalize Byram Park maximizing the water views and complementing the park’s natural beauty.
Provide interactive water features the entire family can enjoy.
Teach children how to swim.
Reduce long-term costs by incorporating alternative energy technologies.
 THE PROJECT:
Working closely with the Town, to utilize the funds in 2012-2013 Town budget for a complete site study and begin the initial design for the new pool in Byram Park.
Measure the level of public interest and support for a new pool.
Raise private funds to help meet the anticipated costs.
Establish a public-private funding model that will allow the project to be completed in 2-3 years.
The scope of the project includes the construction of a new pool; park restoration and pool infrastructure including concession stands, changing rooms, restrooms and increased parking.
 LEARN MORE:
Please contact greenwichpool@jlgreenwich.org for more information.
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