Location: Sibley, Iowa | Architect / Engineer: Water’s Edge Aquatic Design
Originally opened in 1956, the Sibley Municipal Pool has undergone improvements and renovations in the ’80s and ’90s. However, this idyllic spot received a major facelift in 2018. The existing facility was losing water daily, as the concrete structure had begun to fail. The City had clear goals in mind- keep the existing pool structure, but stop water loss. Several new water features were also on the agenda.
In the summer of 2017, Waters Edge Aquatic Design began the evaluation of the facility. Concept planning followed close behind that fall, with a funding vote passed by Sibley’s residents in November 2017. The existing pool presented an issue for barefoot traffic, as there was an S.S. gutter with an open trough. The gutter was removed and replaced with an improvised style that covered the trough and raised the previously 1’ water level to 4. Branco and Water’s Edge Aquatic Design worked with the city to create a realistic schedule and identified items that needed to be completed prior to winter weather to ensure the project stayed on track. Faced with a tight deadline as winter approached, our field crew did an amazing job getting the work done safely and on schedule to make sure the necessary items were completed. An enclosed body waterslide was added as part of facility improvements, as well as a log roll, volleyball net, spray ground that can be operated when the pool is open or closed, and a therapy water jet seat.