Frank Manning Memorial Pool
The Department of Conservation and Recreation has a large inventory of public swimming pools that were built in the 1970s and are reaching the end of their useful life. Not only is the physical infrastructure of the pool beginning to decline, but the they way people use these pools has evolved and changed over the last four decades. Weston & Sampson teamed with Aquatic Technologies to design a full renovation for the Frank Manning Memorial Pool. Weston & Sampson provided landscape architecture, site planning, civil and structural engineering while Aquatic Technologies provided pool filtration and infrastructure design. Weston & Sampson’s team of designers developed a new prototype for aquatic-based recreation that strives to meet the needs of the city and its residents. First, diving boards were removed, due to safety concerns, and replaced with a water slide, which allowed for a reduction in the depth of the ‘deep end’ from 12.5’ to 5.5’. Pool stairs that once descended into the ‘shallow end’ were completely removed and replaced with a zero-depth entry, ground-mounted and overhead water spray elements, and a wading pool. This new design will provide a multi-generational facility for residents of all ages to enjoy swimming and water play.