The former swimming pool at the Sheridan High School is idle and empty. The city of Sheridan retained Counsilman-Hunsaker to conduct an assessment of the pool to assist in the redevelopment of the vacant indoor pool facility, which is owned by the school district and leased to the recreation district.
The City of Sheridan and the Sheridan School District hope to transform this abandoned indoor swimming pool into a recreation or community center to serve the area’s growing population. The pool was built by the city, the school district and South Suburban Parks and Recreation in the early 1970’s. For over 40 years, management of the pool and the pool building was passed around to each entity. About six years ago, the nearly 6,000 sq. ft. concrete building experienced several massive system failures.
The pool is now owned by the school district. When it first opened and for decades after, South Suburban held classes there and managed the day-to-day operations for decades. In the mid-1990’s, South Suburban leaders decided the pool was too expensive to maintain and informed school district officials they could no longer maintain the building.
The audit included a review of the pool and pool finishes, assessment of the pool’s structural integrity, assessment of pool’s overflow systems, assessment of the pool’s mechanical and treatment system, and review of pool decks. To assist in defining a course of action regarding the future of the facility, an opinion of probable construction cost was provided for recommended repairs for short-term and long-term use which will bring the pool up to current industry swimming pool design standards.