Counsilman-Hunsaker was commissioned by Community Ventures and the City of Philadelphia to provide an assessment of the existing pool at the Cohocksink Recreation Center. The assessment’s main focus was on the longevity of the current pool for consideration for a future renovation.
The Cohocksink Recreation Center facility consists of one large L-shaped outdoor pool. The main issues occurring at the pool are related to the pool structure, finishes, perimeter overflow, deck, and overall support spaces. The assessment concluded the pool structure and painted finish are in poor condition with multiple areas of cracking, water loss, delaminating painted finishes, and pool coping issues. Additionally, the pool deck and support spaces are in poor condition. The pool deck had minimal drainage and most of the deck was sloped back to the pool, which typically is not recommended. The pool fencing does not meet current industry standards. Additional concerns include the need for ADA accessibility to both the pool and the deck, pool main drains not being compliant with Federal regulations, and the condition of much of the pool mechanical systems.
Two options for renovation (short-term and long-term) were explored, including an opinion of probable cost for both approaches. Option 1 included a short-term solution by renovating the existing pool and exploring a smaller scope renovation of the mechanical systems. It was estimated that in the next 5-7 years a major renovation to the mechanical room and/or a replacement of the pool in its entirety may be required with this option. Option 2 included a Myrtha RenovAction approach with a full mechanical system replacement. A RenovAction approached would be a 25 year + solution to the current pool structure condition. In conjunction with a full mechanical room replacement, this would give the city a long-term solution to the current issues at the pool.