EVANS — The town of Evans is setting its sights on fixing up a summer staple for residents, the South Creek swimming pool.
That improvement is thanks to $150,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreations and Historic Preservation, in accordance with the provisions of Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993 or the Recreational Trails Program.
The South Creek Pool Facility Improvement Project will upgrade the facilities at the South Creek Park and John K. Thompson Pool, which currently contains a pool, wading pool, bathroom facilities, basketball court, greenspace, playground and picnic area.
“Other than maintenance and mechanical improvements, the site has remained unchanged for 45 years,” Director of Community Development Lori Szewczyk said. “The South Creek pool facilities were constructed circa 1965, before the needs of the handicapped became widely known. Thus, modifications to the existing structures and sites are needed to make the facilities accessible to all persons, especially the handicapped and mobility-impaired elderly.
“The main pool entry building, which serves as the public’s entrance to the pool, contains changing rooms, restrooms and a small mechanical/utility room, has been neglected,” she continued. “The current configuration is challenging and does not meet handicapped accessibility standards. In addition to the pool entry building, the existing perimeter fence, playground equipment, basketball court and parking area are in need of replacement, to protect health and safety and enhance access to the facility and reduce visual blight.”
The South Creek Pool Facility Improvement Project calls for renovations to the pool entry building including the changing area, bathrooms and exterior ramp. The roof will also be repaired.
Other improvements include replacing the fencing around the perimeter of the pool, replacing old rusted playground equipment, resurfacing the existing basketball court, parking area and various landscaping improvements around the pool entry building.