BREC has decided to renovate the pool at the Anna T. Jordan center instead of replacing it with a splash pad, officials said Thursday.
Public response to the idea at two public meetings overwhelmingly favored renovating the pool, according to data provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission.
Of 52 surveys filled out at a Feb. 7 public meeting, 36 respondents said they preferred the pool. Another public meeting was held March 7 and 15 of 18 respondents preferred the pool, the data shows.
Renovating the pool at 1750 Stilt St. will cost $350,000 and be paid for from BREC’s aquatics budget, according to information provided Thursday to the commission.
Anna T. Jordan’s aging pool is leaking water, and the cast-iron pipes used in its construction are corroding, Brett Weinberger, who oversees BREC’s swimming programs, has said.
The trapezoid-shaped pool will be replaced with a smaller, rectangular pool that will be a uniform depth suitable for swimming lessons and water exercises.
The new pool should open in 2014, BREC spokeswoman Cheryl Michelet said.