The Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association and Metropolitan District Boards are moving forward with plans for a new pool at the Ranch House! Pool construction began in August 2019, and the new pool opening is planned for early summer of 2020.
Code Change Brings Update to Design
A modification to the Ranch House pool design had to be made as a result of a code change brought up by the Health Department during the permitting process.
According to Model Aquatic Health Code Section 22.214.171.124.1, “Transitional Areas: Stairs shall not be used underwater to transition between two sections of pool of different depths.”
Because of this requirement, the open-water connector, or throat, between the diving well and the lap swim area of the pool had to be changed because stairs were originally planned. The architect looked at the option of a sloped area to connect the two depths, but the code requires a maximum slope of 1:3. In other words, one foot down for every three feet over. In order to do that, it would have been necessary to extend the throat connecting the two areas to roughly 18 feet long to go down six more feet, which is unrealistic for our pool deck size.
The most cost-effective solution is to remove the open-water connector and close it in with concrete, effectively creating a separate area for the diving well. Piping will be added to connect the two pools so that they are still on the same filtration system. Staff and the pool design team feel this is the best solution for the community.
- The project is budgeted at $3.6 million, of which $2.25 million will come from Plains Metro District lawsuit settlement funds designated for pools. The remainder of the funding will come from Master Association Reserves and Operations.
- Initial pool plans were presented to the community in 2018. Revised pool plans, incorporating feedback from the community, were presented to the Community in March 2019 through community meetings and an online survey. See the results of the Pool Feedback Survey below.
- Overall, the feedback was very positive about the pool. The two most-desired amenities were play features in the zero-depth area and shade. If funding is available, the Boards will consider adding these amenities. The umbrellas, shade structures, and additional seating on the drawing are still unfunded but will be discussed during the 2020 budget process.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the pool construction start and finish?
Removal of the current pool will begin in August 2019 after the regular pool season. Pool construction will take place over the winter and spring of 2019-20. The new pool is planned to open Memorial Day weekend 2020.
Is the new pool larger than the current Ranch House Pool?
Yes! Size comparison:
Current Pool: 3,844 square feet, 160,000 gallons
New Pool: 6,300 square feet, 237,000 gallons
How is the pool being funded?
The project is budgeted at $3.6 million, of which $2.25 million will come from Plains Metro District lawsuit settlement funds designated for pools. The remainder of the funding will come from Master Association Reserves and Operations.
Will there be more deck and grass areas?
Yes, the concrete decking is increasing, and the fence will be pushed back to encompass more grass area inside the fence. We are making every effort to balance requests for additional decking and green space around the pool.
How deep is the lap lane pool?
The lap pool’s shallow end starts at about 3-feet deep and ends up at 6-feet deep.
Does colored concrete get hotter than regular concrete in the sun?
It depends on the color. The darker the material, the hotter it will get. If colored concrete is used on a portion of the concrete decking, the colors won’t be dark so the temperature difference will be negligible.
How will the swim team utilize the pools with the current planned openings that lead from the lap area to the zero-depth area?
The architect is researching “bridges” or small removable, portable components that can be used to bridge the specified location.
How deep is the diving well?
The diving well is 12-feet 6-inches deep at diving end.
Is there a diving board?
Yes, there is a deep-water diving well that includes a diving board.
Why isn’t there a slide?
At the initial pool open houses held in 2018, a slide was not one of the most popular resident choices. At that time there was more interest in a different amenity such as the aquatic climbing wall. Additionally, waterslides like the one at the Community Center require additional motors, pumps, and electricity to run, increasing the project cost. While a slide is not in the current plan, a slide could be added later should the community decide it is really wanted.
Does a new pool mean there will be more closures for swim meets?
No. The new pool design features eight lap lanes. The current pool only has six lap lanes. With the addition of two lanes, the swim team will be able to move through meets more efficiently.
If some of the desired amenities are not part of the budget at this time, is it possible to add them in the future?
Yes. Infrastructure for play features will be included in the pool construction so that play features may be added in the future. A slide may be considered in the future if the community desires it and there is funding. If funding becomes available, there may be an opportunity for additional shade and seating areas in the future as well.