Pool may get $2.8 million overhaul

Attendance dip has led to 'facelift' for H2O'Brien

Posted 9/24/19

Take note, kids of Parker: H2O'Brien Pool could be getting a new playset. By the start of next swim season, Memorial Day, the old play feature at H2O'Brien Pool could be replaced with a “new and …

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Pool may get $2.8 million overhaul

Attendance dip has led to 'facelift' for H2O'Brien

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Take note, kids of Parker: H2O'Brien Pool could be getting a new playset.

By the start of next swim season, Memorial Day, the old play feature at H2O'Brien Pool could be replaced with a “new and improved” structure. Construction is scheduled to begin in October, pending council approval of the project. The total cost of the renovations is $2.8 million, according to the town staff report.

“I think O'Brien needs a little bit of a facelift, so I appreciate it,” said Kimberly Rodell, a planning commissioner.

The Parker Planning Commission approved renovation plans to Parker's beloved downtown pool, which opened in 2001. The new playset, designed by Waterplay Solutions Corp., is the largest undertaking of the many aesthetic and functional changes coming to H2O'Brien. There will be minor changes to the pool building and landscaping. LED lights will be installed and part of the pool deck will be re-graded.

The new playset will be 20 feet tall with two slides. The play area includes a new sky soaker, anchor cannon and two “waternooks.”

The project narrative states the project “aims to improve both amenities and operations to ensure continued popularity for the foreseeable future while increasing efficiency and lowering operational costs.”

Dennis Trapp, project administrator for Parker Parks and Recreation, said over the past seven years attendance has dipped at H2O'Brien Pool as the facility aged.

Now, many of the original aquatic amenities are outdated and in need of repair, Trapp wrote in an email Sept. 16, including the water play structure and pool mechanical equipment. Patrons have said they want more shade structures as well, which will be added in the renovations.

"Implementation of this plan through the recently approved Site Plan Amendment will result in H2O’Brien Pool continuing to be a focal point in the downtown area while still attracting users from the greater Parker area," Trapp wrote.

The site plan amendment could be approved by town council Oct. 7.

“I believe it's a very positive sign the Town of Parker is looking at things like this and keeping them up,” said Planning Commissioner Duane Hopkins. “Eighteen years is a long time for a facility like that.”

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