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Last updated: Fri. Apr. 01, 2011 - 10:51 am EDT

Jury Pool on schedule for summer swimming

New Haven project takes shape in winter construction

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Fees approved by the New Haven Parks and Recreation Board for this summer are:

• Admission: $3.50 for ages 3-17, $4.50 for 18-54 and $3.50 for 55 and over. Children under 2 are admitted free.

• Season passes: Ages 3-17 is $70 for residents and $85 for nonresidents; ages 18-54 is $95 for residents and $110 for nonresidents; and ages 55 and older is $70 for residents and $85 for nonresidents.

• Family passes (three members): $180 for residents and $195 for nonresidents. Each additional family member is $25 for residents and nonresidents.

• Pool rental: available 8:30-10:30 p.m.


After two summers without a nearby public place to swim, youngsters in New Haven and the surrounding area are full of anticipation for the mid-June opening of Jury Park's new pools.

The bath house has its roof on, the pump house is nearly completed, and the concrete structure of the competition and leisure pools is taking shape.

Construction of the hotly contested and much ballyhooed nearly $3.45 million facility is going full-speed ahead. Mike Clendenen, New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation superintendent, said last week that work continued throughout the winter and everything is on schedule.

The east side of the main building holds the administrative office, guard, first-aid, and mechanical equipment and storage rooms. It will also include a concession area for pool users as well as people outside in the park and two public restrooms accessible from the park.

Male and female bath houses, two family changing rooms and an admission window comprise the west end of the building. The two sides are connected by a 1,020-square-foot covered entrance area. It also houses a room for party rentals, crafts and offseason storage.

The separate structure to the west of the building houses the eight huge pumps and filters and will also act as storage for the necessary chemicals. Last to be completed before opening will be the enlarged parking area in front of the building.

The new pools are replacing the 40-year-old pool that was torn out last year. Numerous cracks and increasing equipment and maintenance problems caused it to be closed the past two summers.

One pool is a 3,431-square-foot, six-lane, 25-yard competition pool with a 1-meter diving board for swim-meets, swim lessons, water aerobics and general play.

Clendenen said the competition pool, which is referred to as a “flat-water” pool, will use about half the water as the old pool, cost less to heat, use fewer chemicals and be easier to maintain.

The other pool is a 3 1/2- foot-deep, 5,336-square-foot leisure pool with an integrated water play structure, a 15-foot-high water slide platform with two slides (a 102-foot-long open flume and a 95-foot-long closed flume), a 58-foot-long current channel and a 15-foot-wide vortex of spinning water.

The pool will also have a 1,034-square-foot spray ground with a tipping bucket and a variety of water sprays.

“We feel the leisure pool will be a big draw and turn out to be our main source of revenue,” said Clendenen.

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