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    Outdoor pool becoming an Indoor Pool

    For the last 19 years, a large pool has operated as an outdoor complex in the summers and an air filled dome has been installed over the pool in Fall-Winter-Spring. The dome got damaged and new regulation make it cost prohibitive to replace the air filled dome.

    We are working with the city whom own the pool to encourage them to put a structure over the pool (ideally something with permanent ceiling and potentially removable or large openings in the walls in the summer season).

    Has anyone been involved in supporting the transition of an outdoor summer pool to the 12-month operating pool ?

    What advice to you have for us ?

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    Re: Outdoor pool becoming an Indoor Pool

    Quote Originally Posted by SwimTotoSwim View Post
    For the last 19 years, a large pool has operated as an outdoor complex in the summers and an air filled dome has been installed over the pool in Fall-Winter-Spring. The dome got damaged and new regulation make it cost prohibitive to replace the air filled dome.

    We are working with the city whom own the pool to encourage them to put a structure over the pool (ideally something with permanent ceiling and potentially removable or large openings in the walls in the summer season).

    Has anyone been involved in supporting the transition of an outdoor summer pool to the 12-month operating pool ?

    What advice to you have for us ?
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    Re: Outdoor pool becoming an Indoor Pool

    An adjacent team to ours recently did this. The structure is less costly than a bubble, but they pay out the nose every year to have it removed and reinstalled so the pool can be outdoor in the summer. The facility is at Green Meadow country club in Maryville, TN. The USA team is Prime Aquatics. You might be able to find some info about what they did.

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    Re: Outdoor pool becoming an Indoor Pool

    Google/contact the City of Irving (TX). Less than a year ago, they did this exact change on the 50m Northlake College pool - taking down the dome and enclosing it to an indoor facility. You could ask them about what they went through with the design.
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    Re: Outdoor pool becoming an Indoor Pool

    Our YMCA is looking at a retractable dome:

    http://www.dynadome.com/category/commercial/

    Relatively expensive, but what isn't these days.

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