The South Suburban Park District (SSPRD) hired Counsilman-Hunsaker in September 2017 to complete an audit of Harlow (1963), Franklin (1964), and Holly (1977) pools with the goal of determining budgets and prioritizing necessary repairs and renovations. Upon the completion of this audit, it was identified that the potential costs to complete repairs and renovations to meet current codes and industry standards would likely exceed the costs of full demolition and reconstruction. To follow the district’s guiding principle of Quality First, it was determined to begin an overall Aquatic Master Plan to review current offerings and facilities, as well as determine next steps in addressing the oldest aquatic facilities of Harlow, Franklin, and Holly Pools.
Three different budget scenarios were created to maximize the investment of the SSPRD: minimum, preferred, and expanded. All three options were based on demolishing the current facilities and replacing them with new construction of aquatic amenities, bath houses, mechanical rooms, exterior lighting, and other necessities.
The minimum option provided the base amenities and locations desired by the SSPRD residents but were limited on improved recreation amenities and increased capacity.
The preferred option kept the current locations and programs, while adding recreational benefits with waterslides and increased shallow areas.
The expanded option included the base amenities from the preferred option while also expanding the lap pool to eight lanes at Holly for additional capacity.