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UPDATE: Patton Park Pool Plans, 2/11/14

Most Recent Proposed Plan
Most Recent Proposed Plan
The following information was provided by EiE's representative who attended the meeting of the Joint Recreation Committee which was held on Tuesday, 2/11.

Below you will find copies of the committee's latest landscape design for the pool and the proposed parking area. It calls for approximately 57 parking spaces (that # will probably be scaled down a little), and it shows a one way entrance and exit. Additional parking spots are projected to be at the tennis courts and on the back road that leads to the baseball diamonds and possibly parking across the street at the Winthrop School.

In the bathroom building there are projected to be two showers in each the men's and women's bathrooms. The remaining showers will be outdoor. There will be two ADA changing rooms. The second proposed building will house the lifeguards, the check-in counter, and storage for all the pool equipment & filtration system.

The new bather load for this design is 340!

In attendance were two members of the Wenham CPC and Mr. Whipple from the Hamilton CPC.

A meeting with the Hamilton Planning Board is scheduled for next Tuesday, 2/18/14.

Asked if they were going to meet with the Wenham CPC, Sean Timmons stated that the Wenham CPC does not want to meet until the bids are in and the members in attendance confirmed that. Then Mr. Curran from the Rec Committee asked the Wenham members if they had a place holder for ATM. The answer was yes.  Asked what are the specific percentage stats for Hamilton & Wenham users of the pool received the non factual answer that it usually breaks down to 2/3 to 1/3.

Requests for bids are expected to go out on 2/20/14.

You will notice little or no change in the size or scope from the plan that was defeated at the fall Special Town Meeting.  What you will see is significant blockage of the view of Patton Park Pond from the road imposed by the projected parking plan.
Jay Burnham February 12, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Let me see if I've got this right…..The bather load for our existing pool is 129 (although it was limited to 75 because of the septic system). Then, at the Rec committee meeting on 1/13/14, it was announced that the bather load for a new pool (the zero entry plan) would be 274. Then, at the meeting on 1/27/14, it was announced it would be 333. And this week it was announced it would be 340. Stay tuned for the next number. By the way…does anyone really think we need a pool that can accommodate 340 bathers? Do you want to swim at a pool that can accommodate that many? Do we need a pool that can handle that load? Or a parking lot that can handle so many cars for that matter?
Michelle Bailey February 13, 2014 at 06:48 AM
Hmm...why do you say non factual in "asked what are the specific percentage stats for Hamilton & Wenham users of the pool received the non factual answer that it usually breaks down to 2/3 to 1/3." Do you think the split is something else, more heavily used by Hamilton? As far as the parking, in the fall there are hundreds of flag football players and their parents using the fields and they all seem to find parking. I don't see that as an issue. Plus in the summer, people can bike to Patton Park in its centralized location.
Bob Donovan February 13, 2014 at 08:40 AM
If Wenham spends one dime of our CPA funds on this project I am going to be one pissed off taxpayer. What happened to the concept of preserving open space? A pool in Hamilton? How many Wenham residents would use it. You have got to be kidding.
Beatrice Britton February 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM
How will the increase in the bather load of 211 additional bathers from the original pool to the projected pool effect the cost of the infrastructure? Won't the septic system for this pool will be prohibitive?
Chris Highland February 13, 2014 at 01:59 PM
What a disaster in the making.
mprob1979 February 14, 2014 at 02:28 AM
Glad they will keeep it going. Brings back so many memories.
Michael February 18, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Yes, a new beautiful pool would be a nice addition to the park.

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