TAMPA — Tampa needs to make $15 million to $20 million worth of repairs and upgrades to its 13 public swimming pools, but expects to have just $6.5 million in community investment tax funds over the next five years to do it.
That's the bottom line of an assessment done by Holmes Hepner & Associates Architects for the city. The study found that all of the pools need at least some work to comply with updated building and public health codes, but some are in worse shape than others:
• Four — Roy Jenkins Pool, Williams Park Pool, Angus Goss Pool and Cuscaden Pool — are closed and need "substantial renovation" to re-open. The city plans to spend $1.2 million on the Williams Park Pool, with a contract being awarded as soon as the first of the year, and $1.1 million — with perhaps $500,000 more from the Davis Islands improvement fund, if the community chooses — on the Roy Jenkins Pool.
• Five — Cyrus Greene Pool, Loretta Ingraham Pool, Sulphur Springs Pool, Spicola Family Pool at DeSoto Park and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Complex pool — were all built after 2000 and are in the best condition.
• Four more — Bobby Hicks Pool, Copeland Park Pool, Interbay Pool and Danny Del Rio Pool — are somewhat older and will need to be substantially renovated to reach the condition of the five newest pools.
"What the study does for us is really outline all of the conditions so that we can make good decisions," city parks and recreation director Karen Palus told the City Council on Thursday. "As you all know, there are limited resources within our overall budgets to be able to move forward with all of our projects."