Renovation of Tukwila Pool paid by city taxpayers | Chuck Parrish

You’re all wet! Or you can be if you visit the Tukwila Pool in the near future. After a $1.6 million to $1.7 million refurbishment project, the pool opened a few days ago. The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for April 20.

You’re all wet! Or you can be if you visit the Tukwila Pool in the near future. After a $1.6 million to $1.7 million refurbishment project, the pool opened a few days ago. The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for April 20. Residents, this is your baby. You voted to fund it with your property tax dollars. A Metropolitan Park District was formed with the City Council members serving as the Board of Commissioners.

The front desk has been moved closer to the entry way. A small open lounge area is adjacent.  Most of the flooring has been recoated with an attractive coating/sealant. Each dressing area has new lockers with coin-operated locks and some private dressing areas.  The shower rooms have new cylindrical columns with new shower heads and timed on-off water controls. No wet-towel snapping, please!

The pool has long needed a new liner and tile. The liner is not something that is dropped into place like a hot tub shell. It is applied. The pool bulkhead needed new wheels.  It serves as a moveable partition in the water. This allows the pool to accommodate more than one activity.

The lighting was relocated for ease of maintenance and upgraded with energy-efficient fluorescent lights along the sides and LED lights down the center. The east wall is painted such that it reflects the depth of the pool. Looking up, one can see white noise abatement baffles hanging from the ceiling. These baffles also serve as lane markers for those swimming the backstroke.  Vertical markers are painted along the side of the pool for water polo enthusiasts. There is now an ADA pool chairlift.

There are important improvements that are not so apparent to the swimmer. The air-handling system was upgraded and has new controls. The pumps and motors have been replaced. A new pool cover was purchased and the boiler and chemical controls were upgraded.

Great volunteers serve on the Tukwila Metropolitan Park District Citizen Advisory Committee (TPAC) and with Sustain Tukwila Pool.  These volunteers, formerly with Save Tukwila Pool, deserve credit for “making it happen” as the City Council was planning to close the pool to save $450,000-$500,000 annually in order to help balance the city budget.

In keeping with public accountability, one can visit the city website,, Records center, Metropolitan Park District for meeting records.

For the time being, keep up to date with events at the pool through two sites: and at, search Metropolitan Park District Pool. Photos of some of the improvements are found at, Photos, Tukwila Pool album.

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