BALTIMORE – For the first time in forty years, the UMBC Natatorium is receiving a major upgrade, Senior Associate Athletic Director Gary Wohlstetter announced on Tuesday. The facility upgrade, effective, Wed., July 25, will include maintenance and renovations to the diving boards, pool, starting blocks, HVAC system and the pool deck tile. In addition, the facility itself will be getting a new paint job.
"It's a collective effort between the UMBC administration and the Athletics administration to upgrade our facility," Wohlstetter said. "We feel that the upgrades will enhance every aspect of our aquatics programs including our swimming and diving programs, physical education and recreation opportunities."
The bulk of the work will be done to the pool and the surrounding deck which will be replaced with completely new tile. The 25-yard competition pool, in addition to the diving well, will be repainted and bonded, while new grates and ladders will be added. In addition, new starting blocks will be installed at the pool and the diving well will receive new one-meter and three-meter boards.
"This will be a boost that will help take UMBC to the next level in all phases of our aquatics program," added Wohlstetter.
It is outside of the pool, however, that will receive the most apparent work. The current tile, installed over forty years ago, will be removed and replaced with new tile, reflecting the school's colors of black and gold.
"I really feel that the upgrades will help with recruiting and our community relations," said swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock. "This project will show UMBC's commitment to our programs and facility."
During construction the outdoor pool will remain open, as will the locker rooms. In order to access the outdoor pool, guests should exit the locker room area through the glass doors and proceed down the access road to the gate by the outdoor filter where IDs will be checked.
The indoor pool will be closed in conjunction with the construction beginning on Wednesday and will remain closed until mid-September.
UMBC Aquatics currently has a pool improvement fund set up to fund pool maintenance and renovation, but is still in need of more donations to put finishing touches on the natatorium following the completion of this project. All donations are tax deductable. The swimming and diving programs ask that alums continue to give to the UMBC teams. Checks can be made out to UMBC Foundation and in the memo section, please write pool improvement or UMBC swimming and diving
Please send it to:
Chad Cradock- Head swimming and Diving coach
Retriever Activities Center – 1000 Hilltop Circle- Baltimore- MD- 21250
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