Here's Breakdown of $7.1 Million Pool Cost

The Park Ridge Park District, which is in Niles and Park Ridge, wants to spend $7.1 million to take out the two Centennial pools, which are past their intended lifespan, and put in two more modern pools, with just slightly more space.


The Park Ridge Park District is proposing spending $7.1 million to replace the two pools at the Centennial Pool complex with more modern pools. 

Here's how that cost breaks down, shown in the .pdf file attached to this article. The complex is just south of the Community Center at Touhy and Western in Park Ridge.

While the plan has been in the works for more than a year, and the park district surveyed a sample of residents about their wishes for a pool last fall, the district did not present the cost of the plan to the public until last Thursday, Nov. 8, at an open house/workshop.

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The park district board had been scheduled to formally vote on whether to go ahead with the plan on Thursday, Nov. 15.

However, Gayle Mountcastle, executive director of the park district, said Tuesday (Nov. 13) that that vote will be delayed to Dec. 6 in order to allow time for the public to comment.

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Residents may attend the Thursday, Nov. 15 meeting to learn more about the plans and comment on them. Mountcastle said the pools are now many years beyond their intended lifespan.

The main costs (estimated) include:

  • $2,486,960 for aquatic facilities. That includes the pools, slide complex, drop slide, water play feature.
  • $1,377,000 for support improvements:  sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water services, electrical service upgrades, on-site storm sewer system, detention ponds and underground detention, parking lot renovation, expansion and lighting.
  • $972,000 for site development. That includes decks, drains, piping and walks, fencing, excavation, topsoil, drain tile, shade umbrellas, fabric shade rental shelter, lighting, irrigation, sound system, pathways, demolition.
  • $898,000 in "soft costs." They include survey, design, bidding, permitting, soil boring, construction administration, special inspections, testing.

The park district would not have to ask the voters to okay the plan in a referendum. It would not have to raise property taxes, according to a Q&A document the district prepared. 

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