Construction workers are installing a new roof over the pool at Chastain Park as part of a project that will allow the pool to operate year-round.
Workers used a large crane on Jan. 28 to lift and install large aluminum beams that are part of the roof structure. The completed frame will be covered with translucent white fabric, said Jim King, chairman of the Chastain Park Athletic Club, the nonprofit organization that operates the pool and is building the roof.
The roof will stand 47 feet at its highest point, King said. The structure will be 135 feet wide by 85 feet long, he said. The roof will cover the pool’s swimming lanes. Other portions of the pool, built in 1939 or 1940, will remain uncovered, King said.
The roof structure costs about $700,000, King said. It is part of renovation of the pool and grounds that could cost a total of $1.2 million to $1.5 million.
Construction of the roof is expected to be completed next month. “Every day we encounter a different challenge – lightning, winds, snow… pick your thing. We’re just overcoming then one at a time,” King said.
The nonprofit hopes formally to open the new structure in March, King said.