While 2 pools closing to public, 1 re-open
SARASOTA COUNTY - While swimmers will lose a pair of pools, the Selby Aquatic Center is nearing completion of its recent renovations.
By the end of the summer, the Aquatic Center at Potter Park Drive will have undergone renovations that add up to roughly $750,000. The renovations include air conditioning installation and new flooring in the bathroom, the installation of a scoreboard, new timing equipment and a $450,000 PVC membrane that lines the Olympic–sized swimming pool. The renovations have been going on for about two years.
Pool staff had been planning to replace the original PVC membrane for the past two years. The original membrane hadn't been replaced since the pool opened roughly 20 years ago.
With the closing of the two Sarasota Family YMCA fitness centers on Sept. 13, their indoor pools will be closed, as well. Although the Sarasota YMCA owns the facility, the Aquatic Center renovation timeline will not be affected by the . Sarasota Sharks Inc. took over the facility's operations as a nonprofit organization in May 2018.
As far as the renovation, Brent Arckey, CEO and head coach of the Sarasota Sharks swim school, said the PVC membrane was necessary for the pool's operation. Everything else is to attract events, which Arckey said produce an economic impact of roughly $3 million a year.
The renovations are being funded by community foundations, donations and revenue generated by the pool's memberships. Arckey said the renovations should be finished by Aug. 19.
The Selby Aquatic Center will revert to Sarasota County once the operating agreements end on Sept. 30, said Drew Winchester, a county media relations officer, in an email.