FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2021
Andretta Pool to
Open June 19 with New Splash Pad
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and
the Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to announce that the Andretta
Pool will open for the summer on Saturday, June 19, 2021, and will be free to
Andretta Pool will be opening with a brand
new amenity, an accessible splash pad. Construction on the splash pad is scheduled
to begin on April 1 and is expected to be completed by the end of May. The new 30’ circular pad will include
water features for all ages and abilities, such as a high shower dome, arch
jets, and spray rings. Interior fencing will be removed, allowing for easy
access between the pool, splash pad, and picnic area. Perimeter fencing for the
entire pool facility will be replaced with black vinyl-coated fencing, which
will blend with the environment.
“We are so pleased to be able to open the
pool this summer, with a new feature -- the splash pad,” said Mayor Noble. “The
community has been asking for a splash pad for years, and we’re excited to
finally be able to provide a fun and ADA-accessible amenity for all to enjoy.
After a tough year with so many suffering financially, it was important that we
open the pool with no cost to the community.”
“Not only are we re-opening one of the
City’s most popular amenities, but we’re finally unveiling the new splash pad!”
said Lynsey Timbrouck, Director of Recreation. “We’re thrilled that the
community will be able to enjoy the pool with a new and exciting enhancement.”
Due to Covid-19 and the risk of spread,
the pool facility was not able to open in 2020. However, with Downtown Revitalization Initiative
(DRI) funding, renovations to the pool house and pool continued throughout the
summer and were completed in the fall. Work included installation of a new roof
and masonry repairs, as well as pool lining restoration and installation of a
new pump and filtration system.
These important upgrades topped a
comprehensive list of other health and safety issues still to be addressed,
including renovations to the pool house interior. Engineering consultants from
CPL are currently drafting plans for the interior work while the City seeks
funding to complete the next round of renovations.
Throughout 2020, CPL evaluated existing
conditions across the entire Dietz Stadium and Andretta Pool facility and
created an improvements Master Plan. They are also now drafting designs for
several of the elements on the Stadium side. Some DRI funding remains for a
portion of the work, but the City must secure approximately $10 million more in
order to undertake all of the repairs and upgrades identified in the Master
Plan. Once the work is completed, the Dietz Stadium and Andretta Pool Complex
will be a modern, world-class sports facility for Kingston residents and will
draw visitors from across the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Kingston Point Beach will be opening on
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 with many of the same Covid restrictions as in 2020.