The Hammond Hill pool, which has served three generations of families in North Augusta, is in need of renovations, some of which are required by recent state Department of Health and Environmental Control inspections.
The pool will open for its regular season this year, Memorial Day through September, and board members say they hope funding is in place to begin renovations by October.
The pool opened in the early 1960s and members said they’ve known for a few years that updates would be needed. The project is estimated to cost about $200,000 and renovation team members say they need to secure about $80,000 through fundraising and sponsorships before applying for a loan.
The $200,000 project will cover:
• Changing lane colors from blue to black
• Replastering the pool
• Expanding the pool from four lanes to six to support one of the largest swim teams in the area
• Addition of a vortex slide for the deep end
• Changing the pool to a saltwater system and adding skimmers
• Replacing decking and coping around the entire pool
• Addition of deck jets
• Improve lighting
Sandy Zeller, vice president of the board, said it’s cheaper in the long run to maintain a saltwater pool. Upfront costs are more expensive, but overall maintenance is expected to be less expensive.
The pool is private but has open membership. Dues are $325 yearly with a $400 assessment fee for new members that can be paid over four years.
“We are trying to keep the pool reasonably priced,” said Jeff Partl, who is in charge of fundraising for the pool and is a member of the renovations team.
The renovations committee is seeking corporate sponsorships for the pool. Businesses will have the opportunity to advertise on the fence and on swim blocks during swim meets.
The Hammond Hill pool is home to the Hammond Hill Hammerheads swim team which has about 160 members.
Other fundraisers include pavers starting at $100 that will be used to build a walk of fame or wall mural.
A Spirit Night fundraiser will be held at Chick-fil-A on Knox Avenue from 5 to 8 p.m. May 22. Mention the pool and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the project.
To get more information about the project and fundraisers, or to donate, visit www.hammondhillpool.com or Facebook at “Hammond Hills Suburban Club – Save the Pool.” Those interested in becoming a corporate sponsor can contact Partl at jeff@
powerserve.net or call (706) 533-1834.