Lititz Springs Pool lands $1.5 million grant

By on September 26, 2018

A comprehensive $4 million rehabilitation project could begin in fall 2019

Officials on Thursday released details about the grant to Lititz Springs Pool, which this month closed after its 56th successful summer season.

The pools at the iconic complex, aged well beyond their original life expectancy, officials said. But thanks in part to state Sen. Ryan Aument’s support in sponsoring the RACP grant, the pool’s future looks much brighter than it did not long ago. Lititz recCenter, in collaboration with Lititz Borough, will use the state grant funds to begin major repair, upgrade, and modernization of the Lititz Springs Pool recreation complex.

“I am always pleased to see improvements come to our Lancaster County communities,” Aument said. “This project will have a long-term positive impact on the quality of life in the Lititz area, to the benefit of our children and families and all those who will use this community asset.”

A comprehensive rehabilitation project for Lititz Springs Pool totaling nearly $4 million could begin in the fall of 2019, with hopes of project completion in time for a summer season re-opening in May 2020. 

The funding announcement comes as a relief to community stakeholders who have been pondering options for Lititz Springs Pool over the past five years as mechanical and filtration systems turned from old to obsolete, structural leaks increased, and buildings became more and more outdated and challenging to maintain. Kevin Zook, facilities director for both the Lititz recCenter indoor pools and the Lititz Springs outdoor pool, and his team have relied upon quick thinking, methodical maintenance, ingenuity, and “luck to keep the pool functional for the last five years.”

“We really were not sure if after closing the pool at the end of the season we could successfully depend on all of the systems to be in working order for one more summer opening,” Zook said.
Since 1962, Lititz Borough has owned the Lititz Springs Pool property, and since 2015 Lititz recCenter has been contracted to provide specialized pool maintenance and operations. For Lititz Springs Pool, Lititz recCenter employs more than 30 lifeguards, swimming lesson instructors, program staff, gate and membership staff, and maintenance staff each summer season, and some in year-round aquatics positions at Lititz recCenter. Hundreds of children learn to swim at the pool each summer. Lititz Springs Pool is home to nearly 100 youth swimmers in the Lititz Waverunners competitive swim program, and the pool is the swim site for the Lititz recCenter annual Adult Triathlon. Thousands of visitors trek to the pool for summer fun, including up to 2,000 attendees for the Lititz Borough Police National Night Out event each year.

A complete project scope of work for the rehabilitation and revitalization will be developed by Lititz Borough and Lititz recCenter, along with regional partners, to not only replace decades-old mechanical and filtration systems at Lititz Springs Pool, but also to address ADA accessibility to the pools and grounds, renovate the shower and changing rooms to current standards, and modernize the efficiency and appeal of the entire complex. The extent of work to be undertaken will depend upon matching funds raised through additional grants and community-level fundraising in the next year.

Patrick Burns is News Editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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