For Immediate Release
July 10, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino tonight officially reopened the Boston Centers for Youth and Families’ (BCYF) Flaherty Pool in the heart of Roslindale. The $5.4 million complete renovation was finished ahead of schedule, and will provide the community much needed relief from the summer heat.
“Our families deserve great options to cool off, get some exercise, and have fun right here in Roslindale,” Mayor Menino said. “The newly update BCYF Flaherty Pool provides a place for community to gather together to beat the summer heat and enjoy some of what our city has to offer.”
Hundreds of community residents, and elected and city officials attended the celebration which coincided with one of BCYF’s weekly R.O.C.K. ‘N Block parties featuring a healthy cookout, an inflatable obstacle course, a DJ, ice cream, an interactive MFA arts activity, an animal petting zoo, resource information tables, arts & crafts activities and more.
The 9-month renovation involved building repairs and upgrades to the pool area including helical pile installation to support the pool, a new curtain wall, new pool coating, new epoxy floor on the pool deck, repointing brick word, upgrades to life safety and pool systems, and lower and gable roof replacement with new skylights over the pool. New doors were installed at the building entry in addition to a new reception desk, flooring and trophy case in the lobby area. Bathrooms and lockers in the men’s and women’s locker rooms were also updated. Various site improvements include a new parking lot and outdoor patio as well as updated landscaping and lighting.
Closed since last November, the renovation is included in the City of Boston’s Capital Plan to repair and upgrade the building to support current programming needs. Through the efforts of the City’s Property and Construction Management Department, the general contractor, Northern Contracting Corporation, and Powers and Company, Inc architect Paul Johnson, the construction project finished early - in time for the busy summer season.
“This is truly an exciting evening for current and future BCYF Flaherty Pool swimmers who now have access to a state of the art swimming facility to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of swimming,” said Daphne Griffin, Boston’s Chief of Human Services and Executive Director of BCYF which oversees the center as well as 34 other facilities. “We also take the opportunity tonight to celebrate the start of summer and connect families to the many programs and activities we offer all summer long.”
This is the second BCYF facility this year to undergo a renovation in Roslindale. The BCYF Archdale Community Center will officially reopen on Monday, July 29 following a major renovation and facility upgrades and will be renamed after Mayor Menino, a longtime supporter.