Update on Palm Bay Aquatic Center Repairs
The City of Palm Bay has established a tentative timeline for the repair and reopening of the Palm Bay Aquatic Center. Earlier this year, the City of Palm Bay closed the Palm Bay Aquatic Center due to structural issues impacting the pool. Inspections at the facility revealed multiple leaks in the pool, including several leaks in the liner.
The City has established a timeline for the repair and reopening of the Aquatic Center pool that will remain tentative throughout the repair process due to any unknowns that could be discovered as repairs progress. The City of Palm Bay’s Procurement Department issued the bid on December 16, 2019, with a pre-bid meeting to be held on January 9, 2020 and a bid due date of January 21, 2020. The bid evaluation team will review all submitted proposals and make a recommendation to the Chief Procurement Officer on January 24, 2020.
Staff’s recommendation will be brought for consideration by City Council at the February 6, 2020 Regular Council Meeting. Pending approval by City Council, the Purchase Order and Notice to Proceed will be issued during the week of March 2, 2020. The awarded vendor will be given 145 days to reach substantial completion and 165 days to reach final completion for the project. Given the projected timeline, the final completion date is expected to be August 14, 2020 with an estimated reopening of the Palm Bay Aquatic Center for Labor Day weekend.
Palm Bay Aquatic Center Closed Until Further Notice
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 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.”
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. View Recreation Facilities and Parks
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)