For Immediate Release
July 16, 2020
Mayor Madden Announces South Troy Pool Set to Open July 18th
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the South Troy Swimming Pool will open to the public on Saturday, July 18th, at 1:00 p.m.
The pool – located off 4th Street (between Harrison Street and Polk Street) – will be open for open daily
Monday through Saturday for swimming, from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. In accordance with NYS health guidelines for COVID-19, the pool capacity will be limited to 50 patrons to ensure the health and safety of Troy residents and families.
Access to the pool will be limited to Troy residents only. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Additionally, the City will provide free swimming lessons for children at the South Troy pool this summer. Lessons will be held Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon, beginning Monday July 27. Lessons will be available in two sessions (July 27th – August 7th, and August 10th – August 21st). Registration is required for participants. For more information on swim lessons, or to register your child, please call the Department of Parks and Recreation at (518) 928-2609.
The free lunch program will be provided at the South Troy Pool by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Capital Area. The program will be available Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., for children ages 17 and under.
Additionally, due to expected hot and humid weather, Mayor Madden announced will be open for public swimming on Sunday, July 19th, from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The mayor also announced that entrance fees have been waived for City residents under the COVID-19 pandemic State of Emergency.
Mayor Madden said, “We’re pleased to officially reopen the South Troy swimming pool for public enjoyment this summer. Updates to this facility represent a complete renovation that improves safety for patrons, increases accessibility for individuals with disabilities, and will add decades of life to the facility with proper maintenance. I applaud the work of Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski, the Department of Engineering, including Todd Dickinson, and Parks & Recreation staff who worked tirelessly to reopen the South Troy pool this year. We look forward to welcoming back swimmers for the first of many seasons of summer fun.”
The Mayor also expressed his appreciation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Capital Area (BGGCA) for their assistance and contributions to prepare the staff and site for the 2020 summer season.
In compliance with NYS health guidelines, the City has instituted additional safety precautions to create a safe environment for Collar City residents and families this summer:
- Admittance to the pool will be limited to City of Troy residents only.
- Visitors will be required to present proof of residency during their visit (ex. driver’s license, utility bill, school I.D., or other gov’t issued identification)
- A 50-person capacity limit will be instituted at the South Troy Pool
- Entrance fees have been waived for City residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Restrooms with be available, but changing rooms will be closed. City residents should come dressed to swim.
- Visitors should practice social distancing (maintaining 6 feet distance from other people) when not in the water.
- Use of a mask or face covering is required in public. However, visitors should NOT wear a face covering in the water.
“We’re taking extra precautions this summer to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Mayor Madden. “It’s important that City residents follow the instructions of staff during their visit to the South Troy pool to keep everyone safe in compliance with NYS health guidelines. Because the coronavirus has limited the availability of recreational opportunities, we are pleased to waive entry fees this summer for the enjoyment of Troy residents and families.”
Individuals who feel sick or are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should stay home and contact the Rensselaer County Health Department. For more information on COVID-19 precautions, please visit www.health.ny.gov/coronavirus
Additionally, the City’s splash pads are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free. Temporary cooling stations are also available daily from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at various neighborhood locations. For more information, please visit the Parks & Recreation webpage.
Reopening of the South Troy Swimming Pool follows a multi-year renovation effort at the facility. The pool was closed in 2017 after an engineering assessment found significant structural, mechanical, and accessibility issues. Upgrades and improvements to the facility include:
- New roof and skylights on the amenities building
- Interior of amenities building repainted, lighting re-wired, bathrooms re-plumbed, and changing rooms rebuilt
- Replacement of pump and filtration room, including installation of new plumbing lines and wiring
- Replacement of compromised sections of concrete pool walls, and installation of a new liner and gutter system
- Replacement of exterior fencing around facility
- Installation of new concrete decking
- Addition of pool lift to increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities
- Restoration of splash pad (located behind amenities building)
Reopening of the pool coincides with 60th anniversary of public swimming at the South Troy Swimming Pool. The original pool was constructed in 1960 and opened to the public on July 4th of the same year. The pool quickly became a popular destination for Troy families looking for ways to stay cool during the summer months.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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