New Annapolis pool opens Saturday
The new Kenneth R. Dunn municipal pool facility at Truxton Park in Annapolis is set to open Saturday, August 1. The facility is actually made up of two pools and a splash pad as well as rest rooms, showers, changing facilities and tables and chairs with umbrellas. There is also a concession stand. “Everything is brand spanking new!” said Jennifer Jennings, the aquatics supervisor for Annapolis’ Recreation and Parks Department. “I think people are going to be absolutely wowed when they come here. To me it feels like a country club rather than a municipal pool.” The facility took two years to plan and build for a price tag of $4 million. The previous pool was 54 years old, Jennings said. “It was was one of last aluminum pools in the county,” she said. When the old pool was closed last September, work on the new facility began immediately. Recreation and Parks employees as well as contractors worked over the last year to build the pools and accompanying structures. The city of Annapolis provided a video to show the work that was done to construct the new facility as well as provide a video conference for its ribbon cutting. The new complex comprises of: a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool a leisure pool with beach entry, two curly slides and water elements a splash pad with more water elements for the youngest kids to cool off. Because of the COVID-19 emergency special regulations are in place to protect the public from transmission of the virus. Each pool can only hold 50 people and the splash pad 20 people. Visitors will be allowed in during different shifts the pool is open. Those are: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 12:30 to 2:30 pm 3:00 to 5:00 pm 5:30 to 7:30 pm For the half hour between these shifts, staff will work to sanitize the facility. Pool visitors are required to receive a wrist band for admission. Once capacity is reached, visitors will be turned away, Jennings said. “I am so excited that we were able to bring this new facility online for residents,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley in a press release “Getting it across the finish line during a pandemic is a feat that shows the hard work and dedication of City of Annapolis employees. Recreation and Parks and Department of Public Works staff should be very proud of the work they have done. Residents are going to love this new pool!” Unlike the previous pool, the new facility has robust storm water remediation and many native trees and shrubs were also planted with the development of the property. Sidewalks leading to the pool facility were restored and a new parking lot was created. Daily rates are as follows: Age 2* and under FREE with paying adult Youth (age 3 to 12) = Residents $4 / Non-residents $7 Teen/Adult (age 13 to 61) = Residents $6 / Non-residents $10 Senior (ages 62+) = Residents $4 / Non-residents $7 There are no season passes available for the pool this year, which Jennings hopes may stay open until the end of September. “I would like to throw it out there, just the pure excitement of this facility and what an asset it is to our city and to our county, for the entire community,” she said. “It's a two year project that we have been working very, very hard on. It’s phenomenal.” The pool facility is located at 251 Pumphouse Road in Annapolis. Additional information can be found at www.annapolis.gov/truxtunparkpool.