Northbrook Park District • 545 Academy Drive • Northbrook, IL 60062 • 847·291·2960 •

Improving Community Spaces — Northbrook Sports Center Pool Renovation

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The Northbrook Park District is excited to announce plans for a new pool at the Northbrook Sports Center. The new facility will provide recreational elements for all ages and greater programming flexibility, while maximizing service to the entire community.

The project includes a 25-yard pool with six lanes, a leisure pool, a vortex pool, zero-depth entry, two diving boards, deep water diving pool with a drop slide, and a climbing wall.

One of the key goals of this project is to upgrade aging infrastructure at the Sports Center Pool. The tank at the popular community pool is almost 50 years old and needs to be replaced, along with the mechanical systems, underground piping and concrete deck.

Before planning this project, the District conducted extensive research. This included analyzing program data from the past several years, reviewing trends and cost recovery data, obtaining community feedback, and utilizing information about regional and national recreation trends.

Construction started on August 15, 2016, at the end of the swim season. The facility is slated to open in June 2017. The District has budgeted $4.8 million dollars for the project; funding will come from reserves with no increase in taxes.

New Pool Design

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Water Walk

Vortex Pool

Dive Pool

Key Features  
Zero-Depth Entry: Starts at edge of water and gradually slopes
Play Amenities: Children’s play features
Leisure Pool:    Depth from 2’-3.5’ (does not exist at current District pools)
Vortex Pool: 3’-3.5’ pool area with water current for play, exercise, therapy
Water Walk Structure: Spans width of pool with floating pads and rope feature
Lap Pool:   Six-lane, 25-yard pool for open swim/play, lap swimming, lessons, exercise
Dive Pool:      Drop slide, diving boards (1- and 3-meter), climbing wall, area for water aerobics
Patron Seating: Increased seating areas around pool deck and in turf area

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The Northbrook Park District is dedicated to enhancing the community by providing outstanding services, parks and facilities through environmental, social and financial stewardship.



Construction Updates

March 31, 2017

During the past three weeks progress has slowed down due to the weather conditions. Inside the locker rooms, the contractors continue to address the punch list items in preparation for final inspection. In the pool mechanical building, the contractors are finishing up the connections to the controllers and finishing the piping from the hot water boilers.

Outside when the weather permits the contractors have completed the leak test and both pools have passed. Valves inside the surge tanks have been installed, these valves help regulate the volume of water in each pool in addition to the volume of water to each play feature.  Work on the decks continues with the compaction of the base material and installation of the forms and re-enforcement wire. The concrete transition piece between the pool and the deck was poured mid week for 75% of both pools.

March 3, 2017

During the last two weeks the contractors have completed the installation the UV treatment system components and completed the installation of the chemical controllers in both the acid and chlorine rooms..

Outside, the supports for the concrete dive tower platform and stairs have been removed. The leak test for the dive well has been completed and the water has now been pumped into the leisure pool to begin the leak test in that pool. Work on the decks has begun with the compaction of the base material and installation of the forms and re-enforcement wire.

Future work will focus on:

  • Pouring concrete for the surge tank lids.
  • Pool leak testing will continue for the leisure pool.
  • Deck work  will continue.
February 10, 2017

The contractors have continued with the installation of the overhead water lines, electrical wiring, HVAC duct work, venting for the chemical rooms and installation of the guard rails near the pump and strainer pits in the pool mechanical room.  

Outside, the concrete has been poured for the Leisure Pool stairs. The concrete walls and floor have been poured for the play feature surge tank. The dive tower platform and stairs have been framed and are awaiting inspection.

January 27, 2017

During the last two weeks the contractors have continued with the installation of the overhead water lines, electrical wiring and HVAC duct work in the pool mechanical room.   

Outside framing of the leisure pool stairs is ongoing while the deep well pool stairs have been poured, hand rails installed  and the frames removed. Excavation and framing for the play feature surge tank has also been started.

Work inside the locker rooms continues with the installation of the toilet and locker-room partitions along with installation of the new light fixtures, toilets, sinks and showers in the family changing area.

  Filter installation and piping         Framing the stairs for the leisure pool                       

Fixture installation in the Family Changing rooms

Poured concrete stairs and handrails for the dive well
October 14, 2016

The following projects were completed thus far:
Crews have been busy completing the installation of the dive well and the concrete block wall in the changing rooms.

  Rebar installation for pool for Masonry work for locker room
Sept. 22, 2016

The following projects were completed thus far:
Existing pool demolition, interior locker room demolition, deep well excavation and deep well main drains. The contractor is now working on under slab floor drains in the family changing area and demolition of the old pool equipment building. Next on the schedule is excavation of the lap pool, framing and piping the deep well slab on grade, and creation of the under slab in the family changing area.

  Pool Equipment Building Demolition Deep Well Dive Pool Framing

Aug. 30, 2016

The Northbrook Sports Center pool renovation continues with minimal impact from the recent rain. The demolition contractor continues to remove the pool shell and has only a small section of the zero-depth area to remove. Work will then start on the pool deck and the concrete retaining walls.

During the next two weeks work will focus on:

  • Continued site demolition
  • Excavation for the new pool shell
  • Installation of the under drains and piping and temporary pumps
  Demolished Pool and Zero-Depth Concrete Shell Excavated Diving Well



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