Palm Bay Aquatic Center Closed Until Further Notice Due to Structural Issues
By Keely Leggett, City of Palm Bay // March 29, 2019
Repairs are expected to take several months and will include replacing the liner of the pool
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The City of Palm Bay Aquatic Center will be closed until further notice due to structural issues impacting the pool. Inspections at the facility revealed multiple leaks in the pool, including the discovery of several leaks in the pool liner.
Repairs are expected to take several months and will include replacing the liner of the pool and fixing structural leaks, as well as updating the underwater lighting system.
During the upcoming repairs, the pool will be switched over to a chlorine-generating salt system. While the need for refurbishments was unexpected, the planned updates are in line with the City’s overall vision of becoming more energy efficient city-wide.
The City of Palm Bay took over the Aquatic Center from Brevard County in 2016. To date, the City has already carried out several renovations at the facility, including upgrades to the filtration room and the installation of new diving boards.
“Although the Aquatic Center will be shut down for an extended period of time, we are hopeful that this will reduce the amount of time we will close for maintenance in the next several years,” said Parks and Recreation Director Fred Poppe.
“Because the Center is a year-round facility with no seasonal closures, there is never a good time to shut down for maintenance. The pool is 16 years old and ready for these renovations, so we feel that trying to get them all done at once is the best use of time and funding.”
Residents looking for public pools are encouraged to visit some of the other facilities in our area while the Palm Bay Aquatic Center is repaired and upgraded:
- Fee Avenue Park: City of Melbourne – 1609 Babcock St, Melbourne, FL, 32901 (seasonal)
- Gleason Park Pool: Indian Harbour Beach – 1233 Yacht Club Blvd, Satellite Beach, FL, 32937
- Lipscomb Street Park: City of Melbourne – 3316 S Monroe St, Melbourne, FL (seasonal)
- North County Aquatics Center: Indian River County – 9450 County Road 512, Sebastian, FL, 32958
- Sherwood Park: City of Melbourne – 2479 Post Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935 (seasonal)
The City of Palm Bay will continue to provide updates on the status of the Aquatic Center. While the Aquatic Center will be closed for the foreseeable future, the City encourages residents to take advantage of the over 30 other City recreation facilities offered in Palm Bay.
A comprehensive listing of Palm Bay parks, community centers, and other recreational areas can be found here.
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