Crystal Beach Swimming Pool is a national landmark constructed in 1938 during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration. The pool is known for its iconic semi-circular design that slopes from ankle-deep to 8 feet with a waterslide and is still enjoyed by tens of thousands each year. The 20,000 sq. ft 588,000-gallon pool underwent a major renovation in 2006 and is now experiencing significant issues.
The City of Madison retained Counsilman-Hunsaker in association with KFPP to assess the pool and give recommendations and costs for renovations and repairs. Significant issues for concern included: not meeting current Indiana Health Code requirements, pool structure, water loss, flow rate issues, the aging pool liner, inaccurate depth markers, pool access that does not meet the current Indiana Health Code requirements, or ADA accessibility requirements.
In January 2021, Madison’s Crystal Beach Pool received a grant for $2 million for renovations and upgrades due to an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Community Development Block Grant. The enhancements for the Crystal Beach Pool include a new pool deck and pool liner and improved access for people with disabilities. The bathhouse will have an elevator for easier access to the second floor, renovated bathrooms and locker rooms, and an enhanced concession area.