Chesterbrook Renovation Gets Underway
As members passing by Chesterbrook Swim & Tennis during the past week may have noticed, the long-planned renovation is now very much underway.
After conclusion of the lengthy planning and permitting process, we proceeded during the week of October 22 to the demolition phase, as the construction team cleared trees and brush for the location of the two new tennis courts, and it made significant progress in removing the old upper pool. During the week of October 29, we expect to complete demolition of the upper pool and to remove the old baby pool and the pump houses.
Unexpected Tree Removal
We are very saddened to report that two of our club’s largest trees were also cut down and removed this past week. Both the large red oak that stood next to and shaded the lower pool, as well as equally large red oak that was just outside the fence at the upper end of the parking lot, shading the upper pool, were removed. Please know that throughout the renovation planning process, our renovation team had been assured — by the arborist, the County, engineers, and others — that every effort would be made to work around and to preserve these two trees; however, immediately prior to demolition our arborist contractor and the County informed CST that “keeping the trees after construction poses a significant hazard to safety.” Because of that determination, we were left with little choice but to proceed with the removal.
Two additional comments on trees. First, although we have lost a couple of beloved trees, we did manage to collect hundreds of acorns dropped by the red oak tree that shaded our lower pool for 60+ years. We’re reluctant to leave a tray of acorns on the front steps of the club, since that would likely result in a feast for the ages for the local squirrels; so if you would like some acorns to start your own Chesterbrook red oak, please send an email to [email protected], and put “acorns” in your subject line. I would be happy to deliver them to your home!
Second, we are actively working with the arborist and construction team to preserve other mature trees on the lot, and we are working to develop a landscaping plan that takes into account our near- and long-term needs.
Upper Pool Construction
During the coming 2-3 weeks, look for demolition to finish and for construction of the new upper pool to begin, first with full excavation for the enlarged pool, followed by installation of the pipes, and then the “shell.” Weather is always a factor, but our goal is to make major progress on the upper pool during November.
After years of planning, our major renovation to replace the upper pool and add two new tennis courts is now underway. If you have driven past the club recently, you may have noticed the storage units and the chain link fence blocking off much of the parking lot; a construction trailer will also be in place this week. We anticipate significant demolition activities to begin in the very near future. Importantly, all five of our tennis courts are currently accessible for use: parking is somewhat limited, but access to the courts is not obstructed. As construction progresses, we expect interruptions in court access; a schedule of those interruptions will be posted to this website as soon as available. Updates on the renovation will be posted to this site and communicated to the membership via Splash & Smash.