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.
 COMMUNITY BENEFITS:
Enlarged capacity will serve larger number of people.
Expanded programming for children, families and seniors.
Swimming instruction to enhance community safety (USA Swimming data).
Gathering place for entire community.
 SCOPE OF THE PROJECT:
Eastern side of park:  present pool and pool buildings, current beach parking lot, beach area, and garden play area

Department of Public Works (DPW) plan calls for contruction of:

  • new 6,400 sq. ft. main pool to accommodate 250 persons with zero entry, 6 defined 25 meter lap lanes and an area for aerobic workouts, swimming instruction and family swimming that complies with all building, fire, ADA codes and State of CT Health Department regulations
  • separate kiddy pool to accommodate 20 people
  • 1000 sq. ft. splash play pad to accommodate 40 people 
  • building to house restrooms, shower & changing areas, lifeguard & first aid station and a concession 
  • park entry structure
  • pool filter building
  • parking for 139 cars
  • Capacity of the plan is beach/pool access for 310 persons
  • Existing pool and buildings will be eliminated
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Please contact greenwichpool@jlgreenwich.org for more information.
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